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6 April 2020

Be part of our Mind Matters art exhibition: submit your piece today!

Your health and wellbeing is the foundation for pretty much every other aspect of your life – including your study success. That’s why we put such a high priority on ensuring that you nurture yourself even while you study and work.

With the uncertainty of the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, and the changes to everyday life that everyone is currently managing, it’s extra important to look after your health and wellbeing – especially your mental health – and that of your friends, family and peers.

We sum up the importance of mental health awareness in two small words: Mind Matters, which is our campaign to promote optimal mental health within the Deakin community and showcase the range of support available to students.  

Share your creativity with us

Last year, our Mind Matters student art exhibition, featuring artwork inspired by or reflecting on mental health and wellbeing, was particularly popular. So in 2020 we’re again calling on students to submit a work of art that’s influenced by a personal mental health journey or comes from caring for someone with a mental health issue.

Art can be such a fantastic form of therapy, either to deal with personal struggles or to share feelings of joy, love, stress and despair. We want to showcase the amazing creative talents of our community in a space that helps to destigmatise mental health issues and inspires positive action. 

And don’t be intimidated if you don’t paint or draw – we know that creativity comes in many forms. It might be a digital piece you’ve created, a poem you’ve written or a photo you’ve taken – we’re interested in any piece that inspires you to think about mental health or gives you comfort or hope. It might take you two months to complete an in-depth artwork that’s deeply personal, or two minutes to snap a scene that speaks to you without you even knowing why – we want it all! 

To be part of our Mind Matters art exhibition, all you need to do is take a photo of a piece of your own artwork, complete the below form and upload by 5pm, Friday 3 July. Read on for the submission form, selection criteria and artwork specifications.

Photos of all selected pieces will be displayed during our Mind Matters week beginning Monday 3 August

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