Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2021 -2024

The University of Adelaide is an inclusive and supportive community that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

Our vision recognises that positive mental health and wellbeing is a fundamental contributor to student success throughout their educational journey and beyond. Responding effectively to the diverse range of student health and wellbeing needs is a key aim.

In consultation with students and staff, the University of Adelaide has developed the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2024. The Strategy guides University wide opportunities to support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of our students throughout their university experience.

  • Strategy development

    In 2020, the Student Life Wellbeing team, guided by an Expert Panel composed of staff and student representatives, conducted a tailored consultation process. The consultation engaged with students and staff to understand the specific mental health and wellbeing needs of University of Adelaide students. Guided by the National University Framework for Mental Health, targeted student and staff workshops and focus groups identified 5 key action areas, supported by specific goals and enablers. Consultation and feedback expanded more broadly to ensure all students and staff were able to participate through online forums and questionnaires.

  • What is happening now?

    In 2021, the Student Life Wellbeing Team is formulating an implementation and evaluation plan to help the diverse areas of the University turn the Strategy into actions for the next two years. This action plan is being formulated in consultation with staff and students. At the moment, we have conducted consultations with targeted student groups and staff.

    You can take part in consultations that are happening now or provide feedback directly to the Student Wellbeing team.

    If you are a student, explore the student info tab to find out about the next consultation

    If you are a staff member, explore the staff info tab for details

    You can also contact: studentwellbeing@adelaide.edu.au directly.

Student consultation and engagement is pivotal to the provision of high quality, evidence based initiatives that align with the 5 key action areas outlined in the strategy. If you want to share your opinion as a student of the University or get involved, there are many opportunities to explore.

  • Have your say on the strategy

    Consultations are being run across the university with staff and students to help us develop an effective implementation plan. If you would like to participate, please contact Student Wellbeing to express your interest. You can also share your thoughts in writing.

  • Get involved

    Wellbeing Warriors

    The Wellbeing Warrior volunteer programme is a collaborative venture between Student Life’s Wellbeing team and the AUU Volunteering programme. Volunteering focuses on supporting student health and wellbeing on campus through a variety of initiatives and events. The programme is application based and training is provided.

    Student Social Media Team

    Student Health and Wellbeing support a team of students to deliver “What messes with you head?”, a student led blog covering a wide range of issues that commonly impact wellbeing. The team also run a highly successful instagram page which currently engages several thousand students across the university community. These positions are advertised on CareerHub as they become available.

    Learning and Teaching Community of Practice

    The key goals of the Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice (CoP) are focused around building an active community focused on student and staff wellbeing practices within the learning and teaching space. The aim is for students to make up at least half of the community and co-create resources, examples, and case studies of wellbeing in teaching practice

    The CoP seeks to act as a point of reference for future Wellbeing Strategy implementation and activate wellbeing as a key focus area that accords with the Pillar Plan.

    Consultations on campus

    Consultations with staff and students are happening throughout all phases of the Strategy (2021-2024). To find out when the next consultation is scheduled, explore the events section on the Wellbeing Hub.

  • Student wellbeing

    The Wellbeing Hub contains a wealth of info and resources from study tips to mental health concerns and body health. Explore the resources and find the formula that works for you when it comes to good wellbeing.

    Or explore our new self-paced, wellbeing tool kit, Being Well, Living Well on MyUni . It’s an online programme with a huge range of practical strategies to help you boost your physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing.

Through the consultations to date, the enthusiasm and engagement from staff has reinforced the key role we have to play in supporting our student wellbeing. If you want to share your opinion or get more involved, there are lots of opportunities to engage.

  • Have your say on the strategy

    Consultations are being run across the university with staff and students to help us develop an effective implementation plan. If you would like to participate, please contact Student Wellbeing to express your interest. You can also share your thoughts in writing.

  • Get involved

    Student Wellbeing Operations Group

    The Student Wellbeing Operations Group consists of Faculty, service and student representatives from across the university and AUU to coordinate, plan and share information regarding student focused wellbeing iniatives and projects. If you are interested to know more, find out how to participate.

    Learning and Teaching Community of Practice

    The key goals of the Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice (CoP) are focused around building an active community focused on student and staff wellbeing practices within the learning and teaching space. The aim is for students to make up at least half of the community and co-create resources, examples, and case studies of wellbeing in teaching practice

    The CoP seeks to act as a point of reference for future Wellbeing Strategy implementation and activate wellbeing as a key focus area that accords with the Pillar Plan

    Consultations on campus

    Consultations with staff and students are happening throughout all phases of the Strategy (2021-2024). Find out when the next consultation is scheduled.

  • Staff wellbeing

    If you want to know what is happening around staff wellbeing, find out about the range of events and initiatives.

If you are passionate about health and wellbeing and want to be part of bridging the gap between theory and practice, this is an excellent opportunity to get involved.

The Wellbeing Champion network is a commitment by the University of Adelaide to delivering the outcomes of the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and we are excited to have your involvement. Network membership is open to any staff member.

Interested?

Apply to become a Wellbeing Champion.

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  • What is a Wellbeing Champion?

    Wellbeing Champions will assist in creating a safe, inclusive, supportive and respectful culture that is conducive to good mental health and wellbeing at the University of Adelaide They will help build community awareness, act as a point of connection for students and staff to resources, contribute to the improvement of students’ learning experience, university culture and assist in linking with appropriate support.

  • What time commitment is required?

    Champions will be expected to:

    • Attend the mandatory Mental Health First Aid training which requires a two-day commitment.
    • Participate in four network meetings per year to share information, connect with colleagues and explore new resources or information.
    • To have some flexibility to function as a point of connection outside of meeting times when the need arises.
    • Commit to a minimum of 12 months as part of the network to give adequate time for the role to have real value. Agreement from your manager or leader is required to apply.
  • How you will be supported

    Champions will be supported by the Student Health & Wellbeing team. Mental Health First Aid training will be provided to all Wellbeing Champions. Posters will be provided to Wellbeing Champions to display in visible locations to begin to challenge stigma and increase wellbeing visibility for both students and staff. Training with other network members will also help to create strong connections amongst us as a group and share best practices across our community.

  • More information

    Wellbing Champion role description

    If you would like more information, contact us here: studentwellbeing@adelaide.edu.au