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Media Alert - USQ asks R U OK?

Logo. Text - R U OK
Sometimes a conversation can make all the difference.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is proudly supporting national suicide prevention charity R U OK? with a number of activities across its campuses on Wednesday (September 13).

R U OK? Day is held each year in September to encourage people to meaningfully connect with others around them and support anyone struggling with life issues.

In Toowoomba, the University’s Student Services, HR and Phoenix Central hosted event will feature stalls from local health organisations, as well as the chance to enjoy live music, free food and snacks, make a gratitude jar, and kick a footy with AFL Queensland.

This conversation opportunity will be followed by a panel discussion and webinar with guest speakers, including:

• Professor Ken Udas: ‘Suicide within LGBTIQ community’
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Services and the Chief Information Officer, and ALLY Network Champion
• James Brown: ‘Prevalence of suicide amongst males’
USQ Lecturer in Counselling
• Karen Matthews: ‘EAP information and Change Management’
USQ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) representative
• Steve Hatherell: ‘Lived Experience’
R U OK Day Ambassador

At USQ Springfield and USQ Ipswich, students and staff will gather for a free salad bar, self-pour tea and coffee, DIY postcards and browse support resources and information.

For more information on USQ support services for students, visit Learn more about R U OK? at

What: USQ Toowoomba - RUOK Day
When: Wednesday, September 13 2017, 12pm-2pm
Where: Quad, USQ Toowoomba

What: USQ Toowoomba - RUOK Day – Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, September 13 2017, 2pm-3pm
Where: Room T121, USQ Toowoomba, Online (Via Zoom)

What: USQ Springfield - RUOK Day
When: Wednesday, September 13 2017, 11am-1pm
Where: Outdoor Walkway, USQ Springfield

What: USQ Ipswich - RUOK Day
When: Wednesday, September 13 2017, 11am-1pm
Where: Three Limes Café, USQ Ipswich