University Mental Health Day – Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 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.

This year, University Mental Health Day was held on Tuesday 7 May 2019 under the theme of use your voice. We all have valuable insights and stories to share about our experiences of mental health. By contributing to the conversation, we can use our voices to shape the future of student mental health.

Events and activities

Registration for events are not required unless otherwise stated below.

AudienceEvent DetailsTime StartTime End Venue
All studentsFree group fitnessCome and try a MU Sport group fitness class for free on Uni Mental Health Day! Visit reception of the relevant facility to join these free classes. All classes are first come first served and may reach capacity. Bring comfortable workout clothes and a sweat towel.All day. Refer to Group fitness class timetable Refer to Group fitness class timetable
All studentsFree swimSwim for free at MU Sport during Uni Mental Health Day! Visit the Beaurepaire Centre reception with your student/staff card. Don't forget your towel!6am8pmBeaurepaire Centre
Engineering and IT graduate students MSE wellbeing breakfast Start your day on a full stomach with a free healthy breakfast brought to you by the Melbourne School of Engineering. 9am 10.30am

Old Engineering Student Lounge, Old Engineering Building 173

Faculty of Science graduate studentsWellbeing morning teaNetwork and build connections over morning tea sponsored by the Faculty of Science.10am11.30amScience Graduate Study Lounge, Baldwin Spencer Building
All students Speak up for mental health: A Guest Speaker Event Join the Student Peer Leader Network for a guest speaker event raising awareness for mental health and learn how you can use your voice to support and empower others in tackling mental health issues facing university students. Hear from volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, Joe Thorowgood share his lived experience of mental health conditions. 11am 12pm Theatre 2, level B1, 207-221 Bouverie Street
All students Uni Mental Health Day festival

Come along for a festival of fun activities, freebies and food.

  • Free fruit and herbal tea
  • Therapy dogs: unwind with a group of cuddly canines!
  • Pop-up yoga: swing by for some zen and relaxation in the yoga tent (multiple sessions available)
  • Community mandala: Bring along your creativity and contribute to a collaborative artwork. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.
  • Learn about the wellbeing services available to you
12pm 2pm South lawn
All students  Biodiversity tour for mental health Easy walk around campus to find the biodiversity that hides in plain sight! Relax in the rainforest garden and find out how nature can nurture us. 12pm 1pm South lawn

All students

Resilience and wellbeing workshop

Build resilience, manage stress, and live a happier, more meaningful life. This workshop is facilitated by a CAPS Counsellor.

1pm 2pm

Room 111, Level 1, 757 Swanston St

All students Free yoga class The benefits of yoga cover not just the physical but the mental and emotional as well. Regular practice of yoga can help you sleep better, maintain a healthy weight, reduce back pain and relieve stress! 5pm 6pm Training Rooms 1 and 2, Level 3 Union HouseInsert New Container
All studentsParkville’s urban forest workshopActively contribute to our planned urban forest with ideas, thoughts, hopes, values, innovative solutions, and ways for it to impact our mental health and wellbeing. 2.30pm4pmOld Arts, room 254




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Faculty of Fine Arts and Music students

Free lunch for University Mental Health Day

Come along a free lunch of boreks and falafel wraps.



BBQ area near the Stables

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music students

Free badge making workshop

The badge making station will be set up an ready to go for you to express yourself.



Wilin Garden

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music students

A Moment’s Notice jazz trio

Listen to the soulful sounds of the jazz trio while lounging on the grass.



On the lawn near the Stables

Southbank health and wellbeing services

A range of student services are now available at the Southbank Hub. Find out more about support services.

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. Support services on offer at the University:

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.