Mikarla Teague is an Australian born Artist, Activist and Creative Arts Therapist based in Brisbane, Australia. Mikarla will be visiting Gatton this R U OK? Day for a group workshop, which is a combination of creative activities and processes to develop a stronger connection with one another, as individuals, to have fun, increase well-being, and discover your own creative practices to embody your values and increase your well-being. Spaces are limited for this workshop, so register online at

"There is something so beautiful about raw and honest art. You can teach skills and processes, encourage and nurture, but creativity cannot be taught, it comes from within everyone. Art, no matter what medium, is so pure - an ancient practice, you can see where the creator has left their imprint, leaving their mark symbolic of a story - "you are here". A testimony that art brings people together; it makes one feel less alone. It inspires and empowers, helps us engage and seek, it's connectivity, expansion of living, a sense of "being" and place, it embellishes lives, it's about creation, self expression, it looks beneath the layers to find truth, new ideas, questions, provokes change. There is more to art than just an object, it’s a human story. The Art is in the people".

Mikarla designed and currently delivers the highly successful PRIDE Art Therapy Program across Brisbane and South East Queensland, Australia. The program comprises of weekly individual and group Creative Art Therapy programs and sessions for over 70 LGBTIQ+ at risk young people and LGBTIQ+ indigenous young people aged 12 to 24 years across 10 partnering organisations, notably with Headspace, Brisbane Youth Service, Brisbane City Council’s Visible Inc, Police-Citizens Youth Clubs and Jabiru Community Youth & Children’s Service.


About R U Ok? 2022

R U OK? Day is an annual suicide prevention campaign aiming to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with those around them and to provide support when someone is in need. The R U OK? Day theme this year is “Are they really OK? Ask them today”. We are all encouraged to Ask R U OK?, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check In. ​

At UQ we're joining in on the conversation, across all our campuses with activations at Herston and Gatton on Wednesday 7 September and St Lucia on Thursday 8 September.