In support of

R U OK?Day

How to ask, ‘Are you Ok?’
Christine Morgan, Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Melinda Upton and Courtney Bowie


Even when times are ‘good’, it’s normal to experience ups and downs in your mental health. Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging for many of us, and in the current pandemic environment, it’s more important than ever to check in with your colleagues. However, having these conversations can feel uncomfortable, particularly if you’re unsure what to say or how it will be received.

In collaboration with NSW Young Lawyers and their 2021 charity partner, Minds Count Foundation, the Law Society of NSW hosted a Staying Well in the Law online panel event to mark R U OK?Day on Thursday 9 September, focused on how to practically ask, “Are you ok?”

Facilitated by Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, our expert panellists discussed the importance of normalising mental health conversations with colleagues and the positive personal impacts these conversations can have.


Juliana Warner. President, The Law Society of NSW
Juliana Warner | Read bio
The Law Society of NSW

Christine Morgan
Christine Morgan | Read bio
Chief Executive Officer
National Mental Health Commission
National Suicide Prevention Officer to Scott Morrison

Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar
Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar | Read bio
Principal Lawyer
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Coleman Greig Lawyers

Melinda Upton
Melinda Upton | Read bio
Minds Count Foundation
Member of the Board of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance (Australia)

Courtney Bowie
Courtney Bowie | Read bio
Principal Solicitor
Her Lawyer


Webcast details

Format: On-demand webcast
Recorded: Thursday 9 September 2021
Cost: Complimentary
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R U OK? resources

R U OK? inspires and empowers people to connect and lend support to those in their world who may be struggling. We support the work they do and encourage you to explore their resources, designed to help you recognise the signs someone is struggling and start a genuine conversation. Visit

Make time to ask are you ok




In collaboration with Minds Count Foundation and NSW Young Lawyers

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If you would like to access support for a mental health or wellbeing concern, there are services that can support you.

The Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) is an independent and confidential counselling service for NSW solicitors. Call 1800 592 296 to access this service.

If you're not a solicitor and you need support, Lifeline provides all Australian's access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Call 13 11 14 to access this service.

For information about other nationally available mental health support services, click here.