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.

Free BreakfastStart your day right with a free breakfast provided by UMSU Welfare.8.30am – 10.30amTBC
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 – 2.00pmSouth Lawn
Maintaining Wellbeing and Resilience WorkshopLearn 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 students1.10pm – 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 students5.15pm – 5.45pmCycling Studio, Nona Lee Sports Centre
RPM Cycling classTry this free sports class - open to all staff and students6.00pm – 6.45pmCycling Studio, Nona Lee Sports Centre
UMSU Meditation ClassTry this free sports class - open to all staff and students6.00pm – 7.00pmTraining Rooms 1 & 2 on Level 3, Union House
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

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.