Mental Health Week - Section contents

Mental Health Week aims to highlight the importance of looking after our own mental health as well as supporting our friends, family and community.

Mental Health Week at the University of Melbourne runs from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October, 2017. This week will focus on the theme of 'connect’ and how feeling connected with others, ourselves and the world around us is important for our mental health and wellbeing. When we feel connected, it gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness.

There will be a range of events, workshops and activities throughout the week to help strengthen your connections with others as well as yourself. All students and staff are welcome to join in!


Connect for mental wellbeing

Each day we’ll be focusing on a theme: Community, Mind, Nature, Body and Support.


Events and activities

All events and activities are free and registration is not required unless otherwise stated below.

Connect with Community

Connect with the people around you. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and people in your local community. Being with others and sharing experiences can bring us joy, enrich our lives, and support each other.


Positive psychology book display

Explore the Positive Psychology book collection on display for Mental Health Week.

For: All students
When: All week
Where: Giblin Eunson Library


Free group fitness classes

Exercising makes you feel good, why not do a free group class you're interested in trying and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness! Visit reception to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity.

Today's session: Grit
For: All students
When: 1.10pm
Where: Nona Lee Sports Centre (Lazer Room)

Timetable and class descriptions available on the Melbourne University Sport page.


Free swim

Pack your swimming gear and start your day with a swim every day during Mental Health Week. Visit Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student card to access the pool and facilities.

For: All students
When: 9am–11am all week
Where: Beaurepaire Centre, Tin Alley


Weaving Circle Workshop

The Wilin Centre will show you some traditional weaving techniques. You will also be able to make a beautiful and functional basket to take home. The workshops will be run by Donna Blackall, a proud Yorta Yorta artist who would like to share her weaving skills.

For: VCA MCM students and staff
When: 10am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–4pm
Where: Lawn near the Queen of Hearts café

Register


Connect with community stall

Come and visit us to learn about Mental Health Week activities and score free snacks!

For: All students
When: 11am–2pm
Where: Ground Level, Union House


Health and wellbeing in nature

Come along for a walk in nature guided by staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens. Designed specifically for VCA-MCM students as part of Mental Health Week, the session will start with a smoking ceremony, move into a mindfulness exercise and then conclude with some mandala making.

For: VCA MCM students and staff
When: 12.30pm–2.15pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Education Office near the Visitor Centre, off Birdwood Avenue

Register

Connect with your mind

Where’s your head at? Create more moments to check in with your thoughts and feelings. Be kind to yourself – Notice when you need to take a break, do something fun, reflect on your experiences, or talk to someone to get a different perspective. Recognise your mind’s capacity to grow. Keep learning – Try something new, explore your interests, set achievable goals, and develop new skills. Learning can be fun, help you feel more confident, and cultivate a life of purpose and meaning.


Connect with your mind event

Join in the fun and celebrate Mental Health Week with activities facilitated by our friends at Beyond Blue, Bupa, Neami National, UMSU and the University of Melbourne Peer Leaders Network!

For: All students and staff
When: 10am–12pm
Where: South Lawn


Silent disco

Dance. Dance, dance with your mates and funky tunes around the University!

For: All students and staff
When: 10am–12pm
Where: South Lawn

Register


Positive psychology book display

Explore the Positive Psychology book collection on display for Mental Health Week.

For: All students
When: All week
Where: Giblin Eunson Library


Free group fitness classes

Exercising makes you feel good, why not do a free group class you're interested in trying and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness! Visit reception to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity.

Today's sessions:

Yoga

For: All students
When: 7.20am
Where: Lincoln Square Fitness

RPM Cycling

For: All students
When: 6pm
Where: Nona Lee Sports Centre (Cycling Studio)

Timetable and class descriptions available on the Melbourne University Sport page.


Free swim

Pack your swimming gear and start your day with a swim every day during Mental Health Week. Visit Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student card to access the pool and facilities.

For: All students
When: 9am–11am all week
Where: Beaurepaire Centre, Tin Alley


Colouring in for meditation

Come along if you like to colour in.

For: VCA MCM students and staff
When: All day
Where: Queen of Hearts Cafe


Looking After Yourself with the Student Peer Leader Network

Look after your mental health and wellbeing. Stop by the stall to have a chat to the Student Peer Leader Network and take part in fun mindfulness activities. Find out how to de-stress and to minimize your anxiety during the upcoming exam period.

For: All students
When: 10am–12pm
Where: South Lawn


Mindfulness session

Mindfulness session run by Katy Harman from the University’s counselling and psychological services at Southbank.

For: VCA MCM students and staff
When: 1pm
Where: Hub Seminar room, Room 1.02 ground floor of the Hub Building, Southbank campus


Heads up: looking after your mental health at Uni webinar

This 90 minute webinar will explore common mental health issues experienced by students.

For: All students
When: 1pm–2.30pm
Where: Webinar

Register


Women’s Health Day

The Graduate Student Association presents Women’s Health Day as part of Mental Health Week. Women graduates are welcome to join us for free health tests, speakers on exam stress and nutrition, and a free nutritious lunch.

For: Women Graduate Students
When: 1pm–3pm
Where: Gryphon Gallery

Register

Connect with nature

Feel blue? Touch green. Spending time outdoors can provide a break from the fast pace of life, and instill a sense of peace, relaxation, and calm. Disconnect from technology to connect with the world around you. Notice the beautiful, the unusual, or the simple joys in the everyday – whether you’re walking to uni, eating lunch, or talking to friends. Savouring the moment can help you appreciate what matters to you.


Connect with nature stall – farmers market

Learn about the impact of food on your mood and score some mood-boosting free snacks*!
* Chocolate included :)

For: All students and staff
When: 10.30am–2.30pm
Where: Union Court (Concrete Lawn)


Nature walk

Judith Alcorn (Biodiversity Coordinator) will conduct a “Nature Walk”. A one hour amble around the Parkville Campus discovering all the hidden gems of biodiversity in the System Garden and other delightful spots, conversing about the ways in which nature can save our sanity!

For: All students and staff
When: 11am–12pm
Where: Start at Union Court (Wellbeing Stall at Farmer's Market)

Register


Potting up a herb workshop

Jenny Pearce (Grounds Team) will hold a “Potting up a Herb” workshop in the Community Garden. Make contact with the earth - find out how to pot up a seedling of a herb and get to take it home!

For: All students and staff
When: 1pm–2pm
Where: Community Garden, Monash Road

Register


Positive psychology book display

Explore the Positive Psychology book collection on display for Mental Health Week.

For: All students
When: All week
Where: Giblin Eunson Library


Free group fitness classes

Exercising makes you feel good, why not do a free group class you're interested in trying and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness! Visit reception to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity.

Today's session: Body-step
For: All students
When: 5pm
Where: Nona Lee Sports Centre (Lazer Room)

Timetable and class descriptions available on the Melbourne University Sport page.


Free swim

Pack your swimming gear and start your day with a swim every day during Mental Health Week. Visit Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student card to access the pool and facilities.

For: All students
When: 9am–11am all week
Where: Beaurepaire Centre, Tin Alley


Gravity X yoga

Come on down to South Lawn for free yoga and meditation hosted by the crew at Gravity. They will provide the mats, tunes and good vibes. Just bring yourself! Gravity X promote social connection, mindfulness and being open about mental health.

For: All students
When: 12pm–1.15pm
Where: South Lawn


Free introductory yoga class

Enjoy a free introductory yoga class taught by a professional yoga instructor. BYO yoga mat.

For: Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science students
When: 12.30pm–1.30pm
Where: Room 461, Arts West Building


Melbourne Arts Student Society Vs. Science Student Societ Futsal Competition

Play a friendly game of futsal and enjoy a healthy lunch too.

For: Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science students
When: 12.30pm–1.30pm
Where: Nona Lee Sports Centre, Melbourne University Sport, Tin Alley

To express your interest email arts-studentprograms@unimelb.edu.au (Arts students) or science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au (Science students).


David Attenborough screening + free lunch

Who doesn’t love an Attenborough documentary? Destress and connect with nature with a screening of one of the iconic broadcaster’s best films. Transport yourself away from the stress of assignments for a few hours as you become absorbed in the natural world.

For: All students
When: 1pm–2.30pm
Where: Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design


Free juice and smoothies

Choose either a free fresh juice or smoothie (one per student). Register through eventbrite so you don't miss out on a healthy drink!

For: Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science students
When: 1pm–2pm
Where: The Atrium, Ground Floor Arts West Building

Register


Mid-week mindfulness

Come along to an introductory ‘drop-in’ mindfulness session to find out more and try some guided mindfulness exercises.

For: All students and staff
When: 1.15pm–2pm
Where: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library

Connect with your body

Having a healthy body helps a healthy mind. Do what works for you – Go for a walk or run. Cycle. Play a game. Skip or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Nourish your body with nutritious food. Recharge with regular breaks and a good night’s sleep.


Free BeyDance - connect with your body

Shine your inner Queen B and learn how to shake it like Beyoncé.

For: All students and staff
When: 11am–12pm
Where: North Court, Union House


Stretch and relaxation workshop

Learn a series of stretches designed to help release physical and mental tension.

For: All students and staff
When: 1pm–2pm
Where: Graham Cornish Room, Level 2 Union House

Register


Connect with your body stall

Learn about the importance of physical activity on your mental health and score a free University of Melbourne drink bottle.

For: All students and staff
When: 11am–2pm
Where: North Court, Union House


Positive psychology book display

Explore the Positive Psychology book collection on display for Mental Health Week.

For: All students
When: All week
Where: Giblin Eunson Library


Free group fitness classes

Exercising makes you feel good, why not do a free group class you're interested in trying and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness! Visit reception to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity.

Today's session: X-Train
For: All students
When: 4.30pm
Where: Beaurepaire Centre

Timetable and class descriptions available on the Melbourne University Sport page.


Free swim

Pack your swimming gear and start your day with a swim every day during Mental Health Week. Visit Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student card to access the pool and facilities.

For: All students
When: 9am–11am all week
Where: Beaurepaire Centre, Tin Alley


GSA write and burn lunch

The Graduate Student Association welcome graduates at VCA to come by and enjoy a free lunch on GSA as part of mental health week. Stay and write down something that has been bothering you and burn it to help yourself move on and relax.

For: VCA Graduate Students
When: 12pm–2pm
Where: Grounds of the lawn area in front of Queen of Hearts Café

Register


Silent disco

Dance. Dance, dance with your mates and funky tunes around the University!

For: VCA MCM students and staff
When: 1pm
Where: Out the front of Queen of Hearts cafe

Connect with support

Get the right help when you need it. It’s ok to not be ok – Everyone goes through tough times when we could benefit from extra support. It takes courage to ask for help, and you don’t need to go it alone. Find out who’s got your back at university and elsewhere – the sooner you get support, the sooner things can begin to improve.


Connect with support stall

Show somebody you care and participate in a random act of kindness (free gerberas and kindness cards included!). Learn about the University of Melbourne support services available to you.

For: All students
When: 11am–2pm
Where: Union House (ground level)


Positive psychology book display

Explore the Positive Psychology book collection on display for Mental Health Week.

For: All students
When: All week
Where: Giblin Eunson Library


Free group fitness classes

Exercising makes you feel good, why not do a free group class you're interested in trying and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness! Visit reception to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity.

Today's session: Zumba
For: All students
When: 6.30pm
Where: Nona Lee Sports Centre (Lazer Room)

Timetable and class descriptions available on the Melbourne University Sport page.


Free swim

Pack your swimming gear and start your day with a swim every day during Mental Health Week. Visit Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student card to access the pool and facilities.

For: All students
When: 9am–11am all week
Where: Beaurepaire Centre, Tin Alley


Health and wellbeing services

Juggling study, work and a social life can be challenging. Your physical and mental wellbeing is important during this time to stay happy and motivated.

Make sure you are aware of the support services on offer at the University:

  • Counselling and mental health resources
  • Doctor appointments, vaccinations, and health advice
  • Safety and security on campus
  • The Safer Community Program
  • Religion and spirituality

Need further support?

In Melbourne, there are a range of health services designed to help anyone feeling down or needing support.

If you are looking to chat to someone you can visit a eheadspace centre or chat to someone from the Kids Helpline, Lifeline or Headspace. For resources and information on mental health and depression visit beyondblue. If you identify as LGBTI and want to speak with a trained counsellor, call Switchboard for free.