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R U OK Day

In Sydney Education we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and patients through education.

R U OK Day Conversation Steps
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R U OK Day is on Thursday 14 September. It is the national day of action where all Australians are reminded to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation if they think somebody might be struggling with life.

It is of course important that we have these conversations every day.

It is estimated that one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness every year.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family, and colleagues – to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they're in crisis.

In Sydney Education we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and patients through education. We offer a wide range of courses that support your wellbeing and help you develop skills to support others. These courses will also provide you with connection to others across the District.

Don’t forget that you also have access to our Coaching Service and our Clinical Supervision Service both of which help support your wellbeing in the workplace.

Study mode Course details Duration
Face to face

Mental Health First Aid

A nationally acknowledged program designed to help people who are developing a mental health problem, or who are in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is provided, or the crisis resolves. Learn more...

 

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2 days
Face to face

The Neurobiology of Human Connection

The course investigates the fundamental need for interpersonal safety as well as variables such as therapeutic presence, self-awareness and self-care that may impact on an individual’s ability to facilitate interpersonal safety when working and communicating with others. Learn more...

  

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8 hours
Face to face

The Neurobiology of Stress: Managing the Stress Response

This course outlines the neurobiological, psychological, and behavioural aspects of stress and the dangers of chronic stress. Learn more...

 

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8 hours
Face to face

Suicide Detection, Assessment & Management Training for Mental Health Clinicians

The workshop aims to provide you with opportunities to enhance and increase your awareness and skills in the detection, assessment and management of persons experiencing suicidality. Learn more...

 

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2 days
Face to face

Suicide Detection, Assessment & Management for Non-Mental Health Staff

The workshop aims to provide you opportunities to increase your awareness and skills in the detection, assessment and management of people experiencing suicidality. Learn more...

 

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8 hours
Virtual tutorial

Introduction to Suicide Awareness

This short tutorial supports participants to explore the language and terminology used to discuss suicide and suicidality. The tutorial also raises awareness of the NSW Health Suicide Care Pathway Model so that participants are aware of the six steps in this model. Learn more...

 

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1 hour
Virtual tutorial

R U OK? Having the Conversation

A conversation could change a life… Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Learn more...

 

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30 minutes

Heart of Health Program Wellbeing Education Sessions

In recognition of R U OK Day, the Heart of Health Program is providing additional education sessions to support individual wellbeing. To access the sessions, open Zoom and enter the meeting ID: 9183672104

Date

Session

Monday 4 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Supporting people by being a good listener:

A practical four step model (ABBA)

Tuesday 5 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Supporting people by being a good listener:

Listening for what is important to people

Wednesday 6 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Supporting people by being a good listener:

Listening for what people assume to be true

Thursday 7 September

2.45 – 3pm (15 minutes)

Supporting people by being a good listener:

The art of reflective listening

Friday 8 September

2.30– 2.50pm (20 minutes)

Guided deep relaxation meditation (laying down is advised)

Monday 18 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Dealing with unpleasant feelings and thoughts:

Using mindfulness

Tuesday 19 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Dealing with unpleasant feelings and thoughts:

Challenging and changing our thoughts

Wednesday 20 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)       

Dealing with unpleasant feelings and thoughts:

Using compassion

Thursday 21 September

2.45 – 3.15pm (30 minutes)

Four practical steps for regaining composure after

getting upset or triggered (SOAR)

Friday 22 September

2.30–2.50pm (20 minutes)

Guided deep relaxation meditation (laying down is advised)