R U OK? Day at the AITC

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding people to ask each other “R U OK?”. This year, the AITC recognised R U OK? Day by holding team breakfasts and lunches for all staff and Young People across all Campuses.

CEO Mark Hands visited the Toowoomba Campus, where the team enjoyed a pizza party followed by cake. The celebration created a space for staff and Young People to talk openly about suicide prevention and the importance of mental health. Mark spent time chatting with the Young People, as well as sharing with them the famous Lion Story – a well renowned tale at the AITC.

At the Sunshine Coast Campus, R U OK? Day started on Wednesday, when Personal Development Coach Mel spoke to the Young People about the importance of asking each other “R U OK?” every day, and how to best broach a hard conversation. The Young People wore yellow and brought in a gold coin donation, which will be donated to R U OK. The staff and Young People shared a sausage sizzle breakfast, and appreciated the friendly atmosphere the close-knit Campus enjoys.

The Redlands Campus had a visit from Red Frogs Australia who cooked up a pancake barbeque for Young People and staff. The Red Frogs aim to initiate a positive peer presence among young people at the College and in the community. It was a fantastic start to the day, and the message of R U OK? Day was well received by the Young People, who staff heard checking in on each other throughout the day.

At the Gold Coast Campus, Young People and staff were treated to a delicious breakfast cooked by the Support, Development, and Wellbeing team, and discussed the significance of R U OK? Day and the importance of checking in on each other. The Young People heard that while everyone may struggle from time to time, but reaching out to a friend can make all the difference.

One of the AITC values is Mateship, which is prevalent and important to remember on R U OK? Day and every other day of the year. The College fosters an environment where Young People and staff alike are encouraged to check in on each other every day. For more information on R U OK? Day, visit their website, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or suicidal thoughts.