Center for Health and Wellness Innovation

Hey, You Okay?

Start a conversation

We want Huskies in our campus community to form deeper connections and we believe you can do that through holding conversations with one another.

When we’re connected, we look out for one another. We’re able to check in on friends, classmates, and colleagues who may be struggling.

Start a conversation today! Ask someone “Hey, you okay?”

Hey, You Okay? during COVID-19

When we're all doing our best to limit our travel and distance ourselves physically from others, it's easy to feel disconnected emotionally from others, too. We've compiled some ways to continue to build a strong community, take care of ourselves and reach out to others even if you can't be in the same room. 

Top 5 ways to stay connected while physical distancing

  1. Virtual Group Hangouts: Facetime, group gaming parties, group exercise and book club can all be done with a smart phone. 
  2. Meaningful conversation: Avoid non-stop scrolling and reach out to individual people. Call a family member that doesn't use social media and send personal messages to check in. 
  3. Show Kindness: Express gratitude, Commit random acts of kindness, Pay it forward. During uncertain times, show patience with one another and spread kindness. Bounce-Back Project
  4. Take care of yourself: Maintain a reasonable sleep routine, move your body, eat healthy foods, and limit not so good coping strategies (excessive alcohol or drug use, unprotected sex, self-harm)
  5. Be real: If you're struggling, reach out to someone and let them know. There is help available. 


How to start a conversation

Start a conversation with someone who's struggling and make a difference in just four steps. 

Step 1: Hey, You Okay?

Step 2: Be There

Step 3: Lend a hand

Step 4: Keep in Touch

Step 5: Be Real


Get involved

You can be part of the Hey, You Okay? movement by scheduling a Hey, You Okay? Presentation for your organization, campus department or class or by becoming a trainer.

Hey, You Okay? Presentation

Train the Trainer

JED Campus

Hey, You Okay? Is a project as part of St. Cloud State University’s JED Campus commitment. JED Campus is an initiative of The Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student well-being and substance abuse and prevention efforts to create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.

  • 47 percent of students have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lives.
  • 40 percent of students say they're unable to manage stress.
  • Community connections are a protection factor against suicide.
  • Need more help than a conversation? Contact Counseling and Psychological Services

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