University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day – Tuesday 2 May 2017 - Section contents

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day aims to highlight the importance of looking after our own mental health as well as supporting others at university.

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day is held on Tuesday 2 May 2017. The day will focus on the relationship between mental health and physical activity. Regular physical activity is essential to our wellbeing. In addition to maintaining physical health and preventing illness, staying active has also been shown to improve your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, help you sleep better, and give you energy.

There are lots of ways to get active that can be fun and social, so find out what works for you! The University will be hosting a range of events, workshops and activities on University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day to promote creative ways you can get moving and "energise your mind”. All students and staff are welcome to join in!

Events and activities

Registration for events and activities are not required unless otherwise stated below.

EventDetailsTimeLocation
Free BreakfastStart your day right with a free breakfast provided by UMSU Welfare.8.30am – 10.30amSouth Court
Free SwimmingEnjoy a morning swim on behalf of Melbourne University Sport. Open to all staff and students.9.00am – 11.00amBeaurepaire Centre
Help-your-self colouring in sessionGet your creative spirit flowing with this Graduate Student Association’s session in the comfort of the student lounge.11.00am – 2.00pmGraduate Student Lounge, 1888 Building
‘Energise Your Mind’ lunchtime CarnivalGet involved at the Carnival and find ways to 'energise your mind' including:
o   Silent Disco Walking Tours (every half hour)
o   Bubble Soccer
o   Bike n Blend smoothies
o   Biodiversity Guided Tour (1 - 2pm)
o   Jumping Castle

Find out about mental health and wellbeing support services and other ways to get active on campus by chatting to reps who will be available during the carnival.
12.00pm – 2.00pm South Lawn
Maintaining Wellbeing and Resilience WorkshopOpen to all students to learn how to build resilience, manage stress and live a happier more meaningful life. 1.00pm – 2.00pmRoom 111, Stop 1 757 Swanston St
CardioBox classTry this free sports class - open to all staff and students. Visit reception to join this free class. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity1.10pm – 2.10pmLazer Room, Nona Lee Sports Centre
Heads Up: Looking after your mental health at uniThis 90 minute webinar covers common mental health issues experienced by students, how to approach these issues, and what resources might be helpful for you or a friend. Register here.3.30pm – 5.00pmOnline webinar
Graduate Yoga with the Graduate Yoga SocietyFree yoga with the Graduate Student Association’s incoming Graduate Yoga Society in the Beautiful Gryphon Gallery.4.00pm – 6.00pmGryphon Gallery, 1888 Building
Sprint Cycling classTry this free sports class - open to all staff and students. Visit reception to join this free class. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity5.15pm – 5.45pmCycling Studio, Nona Lee Sports Centre
RPM Cycling classTry this free sports class - open to all staff and students. Visit reception to join this free class. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity6.00pm – 6.45pmCycling Studio, Nona Lee Sports Centre
UMSU Meditation ClassMeditation is a great way of reducing stress, increasing mental and emotional stability and sharpening the mind.6.00pm – 7.00pmTraining Rooms 1 & 2 on Level 3, Union House
EventDetailsTimeLocation
Energise Your Mind CarnivalCome join the lunchtime Carnival and find ways to 'energise your mind' including:
o  Silent Disco Walking Tours (every half hour)
o  Mindfulness activities

First in first served, no bookings required.
12.00pm - 2.00pm Lawns in front of the café & the Wilin Garden
Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco WalksGuru Dudu takes the Silent Disco phenomenon to a whole new level. Hear the commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance-mix of uplifting music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.12.00pm - 2.00pm
(every 20 minutes)
Meet outside Queen of Hearts café
Introduction to Wayapa workshopWayapa is a unique combination of earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and movement that can be used daily to connect to the environment and quiet the mind. It shares Aboriginal culture in an interactive and innovative way, creates Earth Mind Body Spirit well-being and is a great tool for stress management.12.30pm – 1.30pmCourtyard behind Wilin Centre, Hub (also accessible through Staff Lounge)
Puppy pettingThere will be gorgeous border collies with their handlers outside the café throughout the afternoon, waiting to be cuddled! Pets used as part of Animal Therapy have been found to reduce anxiety, trigger releases of serotonin, reduce blood pressure, stimulate social interaction, foster caring emotions and much more.2.00pm – 4.00pmOutside Queen of Hearts café

Health and wellbeing services

Juggling study, work and a social life can be stressful. Both your physical and mental wellbeing may be challenged during your time here as a student. 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 number of mental and emotional health services designed to help anyone feeling down or needing help.

You can go to a Headspace centre if you need some alone time, or to chat with someone. For resources and information on mental health and depression visit beyondblue. And if you identify as LGBTI and want to speak with a trained counsellor call Switchboard for free.