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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
Virtual Group Hangouts: Facetime, group gaming parties, group exercise and book club can all be done with a smart phone.
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.
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
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)
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?
Start the conversation by asking “Hey, you okay?”
Find a private and comfortable place to talk.
Make sure you have enough time to genuinely listen to the response.
Point out specific reasons why you are concerned.
Example: “You’ve been spending a lot more time in your room lately. Is everything okay? I’m concerned about you.
Step 2: Be There
Be present during the conversation and listen without judgement.
Don’t rush the conversation.
Recognize that times are tough for the speaker and let them know you’re concerned.
Use open ended questions to keep the conversation moving.
Show you are listening by paraphrasing what they said and asking if you understood correctly.
Step 3: Lend a hand
Lend a hand by encouraging action.
Ask follow-up questions:
Example: “I want to support you. How can I help? How can you take care of yourself right now?"
Encourage them to talk with a professional. On campus, these resources include:
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.