The Wellness Warriors invite you to join them on Thursday 1 March for Uni Mental Health Day. It’s no secret that university life can be challenging and sometimes it is easy to feel a sense of loneliness and isolation. Feeling left behind can increase stress and impact students’ ability to concentrate on studying.
So this Uni Mental Health Day the Wellness Warriors will be set up on the lawn outside the Library to share information about important support services available on campus, tips on healthy eating and ways to maintain positive well-being. Free tea and almonds will be available and students will be able to connect with other students over a game of Connect Four (participants can only play someone they’ve never met before).
Our theme for the day is connect, be well, find support, and relax.
‘Friendship is a crucial element in protecting our mental health’, according to the Mental Health Foundation. At university these friendships can form a support network of like-minded people who understand the daily pressures of university-life. For this reason it is important to maintain friendships and to put the effort into making new ones.
If this sounds a little daunting, we can help you initiate a conversation over a game of Connect Four – we’ve even got you covered with a list of ice-breaking questions you might like to ask the first time you meet someone.
A healthy body can help maintain a healthy mind so we’ve got you covered with useful tips to make sure you are getting enough good food for good thought, even when you are busy with study. According to the Mental Health Foundation, ‘nearly two thirds of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day, compared with less than half of those who do report daily mental health problems’. We will have apples and almonds available to help you up your intake of healthy food.
Eight out of ten students (78%) say they have experienced mental health issues in the last year, according to a survey by the National Union of Students, and more than half (54%) of respondents who reported having experienced mental health problems said they did not seek support.
It is important that you know where you can find support. We will have more information on the following services available to you on campus:
Academic support – we offer a student support and advocacy service to provide you with confidential advice and support.
Legal service – access to a free on campus legal service (through McInnes Wilson Lawyers) for particular areas.
Financial support – including crisis care packs, emergency loans, and support through the Welfare and Liaison Office.
Personal support – available through Griffith University Health Services and the Counselling and Wellbeing Service (offered through Student Services).
Knowing how to chill out and relax is important for your mental health, particularly if you’re going through a stressful time at university. We have some tips on how to do this so swing by and grab a free cup of tea or stress ball, and have a chat with one of our Wellness Warriors on the day.
Connect, be well, find support and relax with the Wellness Warriors on Uni Mental Health Day.
Thursday 1 March 2018
Library Lawn (outside G11)