R U OK? Day 2023

On Thursday 14 September, UNSW will celebrate R U OK? Day with a range of events and initiatives.

All Staff R U OK? Day Special Event - 9:30am - 11am

The Division of Operations is hosting a special all-staff event in The Scientia's Leighton Hall, featuring guest speaker Jessica Rowe.

Jessica Rowe AM is an accomplished journalist, television presenter and three-time bestselling author. Jessica is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and is an ambassador for Beyond Blue.

Jessica’s keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by our Chief HR Officer, Deena Amorelli. The panel will feature Jessica Rowe, Samuel Harvey (Chief Scientist, The Black Dog Institute) and Kimberlie Dean (Professor, School of Psychiatry).


  • 9:30am: Morning tea (finger food) will be served in the foyer of the Scientia Building (BYO hot beverage)
  • 10am: Event commences - Introduction by Andrew Walters
  • 10:05am: Keynote speech - Jessica Rowe
  • 10:30am: Panel discussion and audience Q&A


If you have a question you would like addressed by the panel, please submit it using this form by Monday 4 September. If you wish your question to be answered by a specific panellist, please indicate their name along with your question in the form. We will also endeavour to answer live questions on the day.


Staff are welcome to attend either in-person or virtually via the livestream.

Places are limited and registration is essential. 

Please click here to register for the special event.


Mathews Pavilions activation - 10am- 2pm

Visit the Mathews Pavilions between 10am-2pm for free massages, light refreshments and a variety of activities. These events are open to both students and staff.

Free Massages

Free massages will be available from professional massage therapists in the following locations:

  • Mathews Pavilions, Kensington Campus
  • Elwyn Lyn Conference Centre (ELCC), Paddington Campus

To enjoy a free massage, visit one of the above locations between 10am-2pm.  

Virtual Gratitude Tree

Sometimes it's easy to forget the good things we have in our lives and how lucky we are to have them. Place a note on our Virtual Gratitude Tree and share what you're grateful for this R U OK? Day. 

Virtual Backgrounds

Show your support in the lead-up to R U OK? Day by using a banner in your emails and a background in your Teams and Zoom meetings. Click here for R U OK? resources to help you share the message.

Suicide Prevention Training

UNSW provides suicide prevention training to staff and students. The Recognise and Respond: Suicide Prevention for Everyday Life course from the Black Dog Institute will help you to feel confident in responding and providing support to a friend, family member or colleague who might be at risk of suicide. Recognise and Respond is a self-paced online course which takes approximately one hour to complete.

To access the course, click here. You will need the following access code: W7cXVGa6EjBS5WYHUmh3