Partnership
with
R U OK?

As an R U OK? School Partner, Brainstorm Productions encourages students to stay connected and have regular, meaningful conversations with those around them, to support mental health in our community.

Staying connected
with R U OK?

R U OK? is an Australian charity whose vision is world where we are all connected and protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone who is struggling with life. R U OK?Day is the national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?”, and is celebrated on the second Thursday in September each year. R U OK? provides simple information and tips to give people the confidence and skills they need to support each other, on R U OK?Day and every day of the year.

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Our Partnership with R U OK?

As an R U OK? School Partner, Brainstorm Productions is committed to sharing the R U OK? message in primary and secondary schools. Through our live student wellbeing, resilience and mental health performances, and our curriculum-aligned classroom resources, we encourage students to look out for their peers, talk about their feelings and seek help for themselves or a friend who may be struggling. We also support the R U OK? message through our social media and blog, by participating in R U OK?Day campaigns and collaborating with R U OK? to create mental health resources for schools.

How to Ask a Schoolmate R U OK?

The How to Ask a Schoolmate R U OK? video was produced with the support of Brainstorm Productions. The video highlights to secondary students some of the signs that a schoolmate might be struggling, and provides practical tips for starting a conversation, listening without judgment, encouraging action and checking in. The video can be used as part of the R U OK? Toolkit for Secondary Schools or on its own. We have also incorporated the video into our post-performance lesson plans for high schools.

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R U OK?
Education Resources

Helping students to stay connected can be life-changing, so R U OK? have developed a range of free conversation resources to get students in your school talking! The R U OK? education page offers free classroom toolkits, videos, wellbeing resources for school staff, and ideas for how your school can get involved on R U OK?Day.

The Primary School Toolkit is a curriculum aligned package designed to introduce and emphasise the value of close connections and strong relationships. The toolkit encourages K-6 students to look out for their classmates by asking R U OK? This Secondary School Toolkit kit includes a range of online, classroom and whole-of-school activities to help Year 7-12 students have regular, meaningful conversations with the people around them.

How your school can get involved

  • Encourage students to check in with each other regularly and ask the question “Are you ok?”. For tips on how to use the 4 conversation steps go to ruok.org.au/how-to-ask.
  • Organise a fundraising event at your school for R U OK? Day.
  • Hold a ‘Wellbeing Day’ or 'Wellbeing Week' and book a Brainstorm Productions student wellbeing program.
  • Ask the whole school to wear a splash of yellow.
  • Change your school’s sign to 'R U OK? A conversation could change a life'.
  • Hand out R U OK? cupcakes with yellow icing and question marks.
  • Host a free R U OK? BBQ.
  • Ask your school to give students an extra half hour for lunch one week to encourage more conversations.
  • Use the R U OK? Education Resources in the classroom.
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