To help people connect, Lifeline Shanghai, launched R U OK?, an Australian suicide prevention program, to raise community awareness in China.
Through R U OK? Day, and everyday, we aim to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Join us on R U OK? Day to learn, experience and discover how to live your best life through attending informative workshops, workouts and forums from leading Shanghai practitioners.
Choose from a half-day or full-day program
Half-day Adult 150 RMB | Student 50 RMB
Full-day Adult 200 RMB | Student 100 RMB
Healthy food & refreshment options will available throughout the day. Along with healthy lifestyle brands all in support of this great community building event!
A student photography competition will be displayed along with the opportunity to place your vote for the People’s Choice winning entry.
R U OK? Day is a day of action and a reminder to regularly check in with family, friends and work colleagues. A conversation could change a life – join us.
Please bring your own exercise mat, showers are available
09:00 - 10:15 Gentle Stretch – Zenergy
10:30 - 11:45 Kristy Welch TRIBE Ambassador
High-Intensity Interval Training [ HIIT ]
Kristy is an American living in Shanghai with her family. As a child, she was an elite gymnast and has continued making fitness a part of her life, even as a working professional and busy parent of three active kids. Throughout her three years in China, she has taken the opportunity to focus on her fitness and compete in CrossFit Competitions in China. Kristy is currently a youth gymnastic coach and a Cross Fit Level One Trainer and is preparing for the upcoming Asia Crossfit Championships. Kristy is also proudly a TRIBE Nutrition Ambassador.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Pilates – Karin Kutnar-Griehsnig
Karin used to be a lawyer when she found Pilates. Having been enthusiastic about fitness, health, and wellbeing all her life, she began engaging in another form of exercise to supplement her regular running routine. When she realized how good Pilates made her feel she decided to pursue it on a professional level.
14:30 - 15:45 Yoga – Jade Qin | Free Soul Yoga
Suitable for beginners, Jade is dedicated to helping her students gain an understanding of their true potential through practice.
16:00 - 17:15 Zumba - Julien Cato
Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using the aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Bring training shoes and your biggest smile!
09:00 - 12:00 R U OK? Workshop | Lifeline Training Team
Participants in our workshop will learn how and when to ask someone they are concerned about “Are you ok?” and then develop confidence and skills in what to say and do next. This highly interactive workshop is suitable for senior school students, teachers, managers and anyone who values being able to support someone they are concerned about.
We ask that a maximum of 2 people from any one school, company or community group attend this workshop, to ensure it is open to all!
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Time-Self & Stress-Management | Julia Söllner, Psychologist & Personal Coach | Body & Soul Medical Clinics
Most people refer to the word “stress” as a lack of time, too much pressure or too many requirements. But too little or small changes can cause stress as well. This workshop will help participants to find out how they can get aware of their individual signs of stress, how to better prevent stress and which tools can be used to better deal with stress.
14:30 - 15:45 Conscious Parenting | Dr. Vilia Lyell | Clinical Social Worker & Psychologist | Community Center Shanghai
The single biggest predictor of how we parent our children is how we were parented.
The talk aims to create awareness of the unconscious agenda that creeps into parenting, why we become reactive, the emotional development of children and finding your growth edge as a parent.
16:00 - 17:15 Strengthening Your relationship: Strategies for Couples | Carrie Jones Social Worker| Director of Counseling, Community Center Shanghai
Relationships anywhere in the world can be difficult at times. Living internationally here in Shanghai, sometimes there are additional stressors and challenges couples face. In this workshop, participants will learn to anticipate some of the common pitfalls in relationships in order to avoid them or weather them better as well as strategies to help partners stay connected in a healthy and positive way.
09:00 - 10:15 Introduction to Mindfulness | Brandon Merghut | Executive Coach & Divisional Leader, Potential Project & Founder Shanghai Mindfulness
Brandon is a certified Mindfulness Trainer with the Potential Project, where he delivers Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training around the world. He is also the founder of Shanghai Mindfulness, China’s largest Mindfulness community with over 4,500 active members.
10:30 - 12:00 Third Culture Kid Forum | Dr Davy Guo | Clinical Psychologist |ELG
As a “Third Culture Kid” himself, spending teen years in Canada after a childhood in China, ELG psychologist Dr. Davy Guo is especially poised to understand the struggles that international students and local children in international environments are facing. Davy will facilitate a diverse parent panel, offering a raw, honest look at what families experience, worry about, and learn over the course of their lives overseas.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Living an authentic Life | Gabby Gabriel | Entrepreneur, Founder Gab-China
14:30 - 15:45 Love Yourself: A Non-Cheesy Workshop about Society, Media, and Self-Confidence | Megan Lacina | ELG
After experiencing the loss of her mother and best friend to cancer and contemplating her own highly elevated risk, ELG’s Megan Lacina went on to make the single most impactful decision of her life by having a preventative mastectomy at 24. She will use this experience and her social work background to discuss the ways in which the media and society influence perceptions of femininity, sexuality, and beauty, and what we can do about it.
16:00 - 17:15 Non-Violent Communication in Action| Frank Steffen | Life & Performance Coach
After a major life crisis in 2007, Frank found his purpose in being a source of healing. Franks passion for innovation in coaching is boundless. Join Frank to explore, “The dynamic communication techniques of Nonviolent Communication transform potential conﬂicts into peaceful dialogues. You'll learn simple tools to defuse arguments and create compassionate connections with your family, friends, and other acquaintances." John Gray Ph.D.
09:00 - 10:15 Art Workshop | Bernadette Verhaeghe | Artist
In this workshop you will work with and discover your talents and abilities. It will open up creativity without putting stress on daily issues.
10:30 - 12:00 Resilience in Shanghai: How to move forward after mistakes and setbacks | Christine Forte | Counselor & Psychotherapist
Expat life, and life in general, is full of joy, adventure and surprises. On the other side of that coin though, there can also be times when it feels full of challenges and setbacks. Our own mistakes can be the hardest of these to bounce back from because we might find ourselves stuck in a loop of self-blame. In this workshop, learn proven strategies for increasing your resilience and growing through and beyond the challenges in your life.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Introduction to the R U OK? School Program | Lifeline & ELG
The R U OK? School Program aims to bring communities together, to prevent and protect them against the effects of mental health crisis. Learn how our training modules offer clear, practical guidance for students, teachers and administrators in having meaningful conversations.
14:30 - 15:45 True Happiness Teachings | Ivana Pazek | Motivate Shanghai
Understand the 3 biggest happiness pitfalls and learn how to overcome them
Joy personality types - understand and recognize yours. Improve your understanding of Universal Laws, its role in living a fulfilling life, your emotional body and how to deal with your everyday emotions
16:00 - 17:15 Art Workshop | Bernadette Verhaeghe | Artist
In this workshop you will work with and discover your creative talents and abilities. It will open up creativity without putting stress on daily issues.
10:30 - 12:00 "Real Talk: Shanghai Teen Edition" | Dr Nate Balfanz | Senior Clinical Psychologist AMC | R U OK? Ambassador
Child and family focused clinical psychologist Dr. Nate Balfanz of American Medical Center (AMC) will be hosting a teenager-driven group discussion on what it's like growing up in the Shanghai international community. Dr. Nate will begin with a brief overview of how teens learn to find their place in the world, the unique challenges that Shanghai-based teens may encounter, followed by a group discussion amongst attendees which emphasizes the sharing of experiences. This talk will take place in the "Teen Zone" and is recommended for children ages 12-18.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Learn to speak Giraffe | Non violent Communication for Teens | Frank Steffen | Certified Life & Performance Coach
After a major life crisis in 2007, Frank found his purpose in being a source of healing. Franks passion for innovation in coaching is boundless
“The dynamic communication techniques of Nonviolent Communication transform potential conﬂicts into peaceful dialogues. You'll learn simple tools to defuse arguments and create compassionate connections with your family, friends, and other acquaintances." John Gray Ph.D.
14:30 - 15:45 Free time to hang out, fuse ball, Ping-Pong
16:00 - 17:15 Find your passion | Gabby Gabriel | Entrepreneur, Founder of Gab-China
17:30 - 18:00 Thank you; announce winners of the photography competition
All funds raised from R U OK? Day will be used in providing the essential Lifeline helpline and online chat service across China.
Everyday 10am-10pm | Call toll free 400 821 1215 www.lifeline-shanghai.com