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University Mental Health Day

6 May 2024

Join us to inspire change this University Mental Health Day

The juggle of being a uni student isn’t always easy. At Deakin, we want to acknowledge these challenges, embrace imperfection and shine a spotlight on mental health. We’re all about creating ongoing positive change and finding ways to support ourselves and each other. Please know that you’re not alone

Tomorrow (Tuesday 7 May) is University Mental Health Day (UMHD). Mental health is something that affects us all. The broad spectrum of mental health encompasses more than just dealing with any problems – it’s also about helping you feel your best and accepting yourself, whatever your situation.

You may be someone who experiences anxiety, depression or another mental health issue. Perhaps you’re keen to create healthy and sustainable habits that boost your wellbeing. It might be as simple as wanting to just feel better about yourself. Whatever your mental health experience to date, you can make small changes each day to put your wellbeing front and centre.

Here, we asked a few of our Deakin Wellbeing Ambassadors if they have any strategies or advice for how they manage any symptoms of uni stress (including feelings of overwhelm and procrastination), and work towards wellbeing in their life.

For me personally, I’d say I like going for walks in general, so I usually walk around the city just to get my head off things. I usually play sports, go for a jog, play cricket, play footy, just basic stuff like that. Leshane Kandegadara (Real Estate student)

Grace KapurI go for a walk for about 30–40 minutes everyday, without my phone. I just try to be with myself and with nature. I recently moved to Deakin Res at Waurn Ponds, which has helped me a lot with my mental health and wellbeing. I often go for a walk at the forest therapy area in my free time, which is just at the back of the library. Grace Kapur (Nursing student)

Aiden StevensonI find knowing my limits and seeking support helps me with the struggles of university life. I find asking for extensions when needed, seeking support, study sessions with friends, being with my pets and scheduled TV time helps me both to destress and stay on top of my workload at my level.
Aiden Stevenson (Public Health and Health Promotion student)

Hear more about how our Deakin Wellbeing Ambassadors manage the uni-life balance on Deakin Life Instagram now!

What’s happening at Deakin for UMHD 2024

Mental health and wellbeing should be a ‘normal’ thing to talk about. This UMHD, we’d love for you to start thinking about your wellbeing, so here’s some ways you can get involved:

Beyond UMHD: how to keep focusing on your wellbeing

There’s some fantastic organisations, resources and tools that can show you how to achieve the best possible mental health. Check out VicHealth for helpful resources to encourage healthy mental wellbeing, Beyond Blue for a ‘stay well’ plan or the Black Dog Institute for a self-care planning fact sheet and template.

Some simple everyday habits can also help you to stay more balanced and in control:

We also encourage you to access professional support whenever you need extra help. We offer a range of health and wellbeing services to support you during your time at Deakin. For support after hours, contact our After-Hours Mental Health Support Line which offers students immediate and emotional support between 5pm–9am weekdays, and 24 hours across weekends, public holidays and University shutdown. Call 1300 239 002 or Message 0485 829 309.

For urgent support outside of business hours, contact Lifeline (13 11 14) or SuicideLine (1300 651 251) straight away. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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