Mental Health Month

Find the ingredients for your wellbeing this October with events galore as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month.

Whether you want to get creative, recharge, have fun or get moving, there are events across the university and online to help you prioritise your mental wellbeing. Check this page to see the latest events throughout the month.  

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Week 1 starting 4 October

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  • Together wherever challenge - Every day in October

    A program for offshore students to engage and build connections. Take part in a range of fun activities in five areas:

    • Music
    • All about Adelaide 
    • Cuisine
    • Games and interests
    • Self-care and wellbeing

    Who should attend: Offshore students

    Location: Online

    Every day in October, commencing Friday October 1 

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Have your say - Tue 5 Oct, 1-2 pm

    Come for an informal chat with other students and the Student Health and Wellbeing group. We will have some snacks to keep us going while we have a conversation about improving your learning experience.

    Location: Seminar Room, Level 3, Hub Central

    For more info: Email Edi @ Student Health and Wellbeing 

    Tuesday 5 October, 1-2 pm

    Register

  • Take care of your buds - Wed 6 Oct, 10am - 3pm

    Join The Adelaide Uni Geography Society planting day to encourage good mental health, mindfulness and connection to environment.

    Come along to the Walter Young Gardens to receive your free plant! All you have to do is put on some gardening gloves (provided) and pot the plant of your choice! It's as easy as that...and we really hope spending some time in the outdoors will help ease some of the stresses of uni life. 

    Location: Walter Young Gardens, near Napier building

    Wednesday 6 October, 10am - 3pm

    Details

  • Strategies to manage chronic pain - Wed 6 Oct, 2:30 - 4pm

    The Disability, Illness and Divergence Association (DIDA) is hosting a special guest lecture by Mary Wing from the Adelaide Pain Support Network. Mary will discuss some strategies for managing chronic pain. Chronic pain is persistent and pervasive, and it can affect every facet of our lives. Regardless of whether you have a diagnosis or not, we hope this discussion will benefit anyone seeking more information on how to manage their pain. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some other students who have struggled in similar ways - sharing our experiences can be incredibly validating. After Mary's talk we will have snacks and networking!  This event will be recorded for later distribution. 

    Location: Horace lamb 422 (wheelchair accessible, bathroom access directly next door, chairs available.

    For more info: Email DIDA for questions or access enquiries

    Wednesday 6 October, 2:30 - 4pm

    Register

  • Connect club - Every Wednesday in October 4-5pm

    Make connections with other international students in a fun and relaxed setting

    Who should attend: Offshore students 

    Location: Online

    Every Wednesday in October, 4-5 pm  

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Women's Recreational Running Network - Every Thursday in October, 5:15-6:15pm

    Win a Fitbit and other great prizes for putting in the kms during October! Improve your mental health by getting active, enjoying nature, and socializing. Join the Women’s Recreational Running Network for a running challenge with a 5km social run during Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Who should attend: Open to all uni female students and staff.

    Location: Uni foot bridge, North Terrace campus

    Every Thursday in October, 5:15 - 6:15pm

    Details

  • Walktober on the Torrens - Thu 7 Oct, 8:30-9:30am

    Walking helps you stay healthy in mind and body and boosts your self-esteem. Help us spread the Walktober message! Meet Dr. Helen Donovan (Health Psychologist) & Jinal Shah (M.Public Health Student) at the Kaurna Learning Circle for a discussion and a walk. They will provide information on the relationship between mental health and physical activity with tips on reducing stress.  You can also find walks to complete throughout the month.

    Who should attend: Open to all

    Location: Meet at Kaurna Circle, North Terrace campus 

    Thursday 7 October, 8:30 - 9:30am

    Register

  • FHMS: World Mental Health Day - Fri 8 Oct, 10-11:30am & 2-3:30pm

    In the lead up to World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October, recognise that even the toughest cookies can crumble. Come along and grab a free cookie (until we run out), and learn about the different support services available on campus. 

    Drop in session.

    Location

    • 10am-11:30am, Ground Floor, Helen Mayo North
    • 2pm-3:30pm, Level 3, AHMS Building

    Friday 8 October, 10-11:30am & 2-3:30pm

  • CommuniTea - Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Take a break with CommuniTea, a free weekly morning tea, featuring free snacks, coffee, and tea. Each week during MH Awareness month, there’s chilled-out arts and crafts activities for you to join, including painting, making key chains, and more.

    Location: Hub Central Western Courtyard

    For more info: Check the International Student Service website

    Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Website Details

Week 2 starting 11 October

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  • Together wherever challenge - Every day in October

    A program for offshore students to engage and build connections. Take part in a range of fun activities in five areas:

    • Music
    • All about Adelaide 
    • Cuisine
    • Games and interests
    • Self-care and wellbeing

    Who should attend: Offshore students

    Location: Online

    Every day in October, commencing Friday October 1 

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Neurographic Art Discovery - Mon 11 Oct, 12-1 pm

    Neurographic Art is a creative method of transforming the world; allowing you to make the necessary personal changes, reliably remove restrictions and successfully simulate a new, desired reality. You will spend 60 minutes creating art projects that redraw the world and your experience of a new perspective. Go home with the skills for creatively sorting out challenges, and some fun personally created art!

    Location: Nexus 10 Hub, UB36

    Monday 11 October, 12-1 pm

    Register

  • AUDSS Mental Health Awareness – Mon 11 Oct, 12-2 pm

    Drop in and join the Adelaide University Dental Student Society for

    1. Make your own Waffle Bar 
    2. Competitions - Yoga, Pushups, Spicy Noodle Challenge 
    3. Collaborative Artwork/Advice Poster - Everyone will trace around their hand and write a small note (anonymous optional) about how they deal with mental health, advice for other or someone/story that has helped them through this year. 

    Who should attend: Dental/Oral students

    Location: AHMS: Urban Park

    Monday 11 October, 12-2 pm

  • Resilience and wellbeing as a new graduate - Mon 11 Oct, 6-7:30 pm

    Who should attend: Vet students

    Location: Roseworthy Campus - Vet Tute Rooms

    For more info: Email Student Health and Wellbeing 

    Monday 11 October, 6-7:30 pm

  • Stress less: show us your monsters - Wed 13 Oct, 11am-3pm

    What you see on the outside doesn’t always reflect the inner struggle or turmoil people are going through. At times, we all have an inner monster that wreaks havoc with our wellbeing. Come and get creative with Student Wellbeing and create a mask that reflects your monster. Let’s challenge stigma by putting our ‘monsters’ on the outside. 

    Drop in event.

    Location: Barr Smith Lawns 

    For more info: Email Student Health and Wellbeing 

    Wednesday 13 October, 11am-3pm

    Register

  • Connect club - Every Wednesday in October 4-5pm

    Make connections with other international students in a fun and relaxed setting

    Who should attend: Offshore students 

    Location: Online

    Every Wednesday in October, 4-5 pm  

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Women's Recreational Running Network - Every Thursday in October, 5:15-6:15pm

    Win a Fitbit and other great prizes for putting in the kms during October! Improve your mental health by getting active, enjoying nature, and socializing. Join the Women’s Recreational Running Network for a running challenge with a 5km social run during Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Who should attend: Open to all uni female students and staff.

    Location: Uni foot bridge, North Terrace campus

    Every Thursday in October, 5:15 - 6:15pm

    Details

  • CommuniTea - Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Take a break with CommuniTea, a free weekly morning tea, featuring free snacks, coffee, and tea. Each week during MH Awareness month, there’s chilled-out arts and crafts activities for you to join, including painting, making key chains, and more.

    Location: Hub Central Western Courtyard

    For more info: Check the International Student Service website

    Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Website Details

Week 3 starting 18 October

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  • Together wherever challenge - Every day in October

    Join international students from all over the world in the Together Wherever Challenge - a series of mini activities designed to help you connect with other students and the University, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Earn points for each activity you complete, and win prizes.

    Who should attend: All currently enrolled international students

    Location: Online

    Every day in October, Oct 1 - Nov 5 

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Stress Less: Waite, Tue 19 Oct, 11:30am - 13:30pm

    Take a break to relax, increase productivity and refresh energy. Stress Less is designed to help you de-stress and also provide an opportunity to get to know the AUU! 

    • Hot dogs
    • Puppies
    • Massages
    • Music
    • FREE donuts for AUU Members

    Location: Mcleod House Lawns, Waite campus 

    Tuesday 19 October 2021 11:30-13:30

  • Make your 'check in' count - Tue 19 Oct, 2-3 pm

    Is your friend okay? Are they REALLY ok? Check in!

    This Q & A session is for anyone wanting to ask questions about “checking in” with friends or colleagues experiencing mental health difficulties. Sally and Jacinta from Counselling Support are here in this session to answer your questions, provide tips and talk openly about your experiences. It can be intimidating to ask a question in front of a crowd so if you would like to submit a question in advance, send Sally an email by Monday 18th October, 5pm. These will be answered during the session itself.

    Door prizes will be drawn on the day for attendees!

    Location: Ingkarni Wardli building, 715 Conference room

    Tuesday 19 October, 2-3 pm

    Register

  • Mindful craft with DIDA - Wed 20 Oct, 11am-1pm

    Disability Illness and Divergence Association, in collaboration with the Tea Appreciation Society, invites anyone who self-identifies as disabled, chronically ill, or neurodivergent to join us in some mindful craft and tea enjoyment. You're welcome to bring your own art or craft supplies, or use the supplies we provide to express yourself through drawing, colouring and collaging.

    Location: Mezzanine, Hub Central

    For more info: DIDA facebook

    Wednesday 20 October, 11am-1pm

    Register

  • Connect club - Every Wednesday in October 4-5pm

    Make connections with other international students in a fun and relaxed setting

    Who should attend: Offshore students 

    Location: Online

    Every Wednesday in October, 4-5 pm  

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Herb and lavender gardening workshop - Thu 21 Oct, 10am - 12pm

    Come and participate in a gardening workshop whilst mingling with your peers and chatting about the importance of mental wellbeing. 

    Location: Ground Floor Foyer Area, Nexus 10

    Thursday 21 October, 10am - 12pm

    Register

  • Stress Less: Roseworthy, Thu 21 Oct, 11:30am - 13:30pm

    Take a break to relax, increase productivity and refresh energy. Stress Less is designed to help you de-stress and also provide an opportunity to get to know the AUU! 

    • Hot dogs
    • Puppies
    • Massages
    • Music
    • FREE donuts for AUU Members

    Location: Roseworthy campus

    Thursday  21 October 2021 11:30-13:30

  • Women's Recreational Running Network - Every Thursday in October, 5:15-6:15pm

    Win a Fitbit and other great prizes for putting in the kms during October! Improve your mental health by getting active, enjoying nature, and socializing. Join the Women’s Recreational Running Network for a running challenge with a 5km social run during Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Who should attend: Open to all uni female students and staff.

    Location: Uni foot bridge, North Terrace campus

    Every Thursday in October, 5:15 - 6:15pm

    Details

  • CommuniTea - Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Take a break with CommuniTea, a free weekly morning tea, featuring free snacks, coffee, and tea. Each week during MH Awareness month, there’s chilled-out arts and crafts activities for you to join, including painting, making key chains, and more.

    Location: Hub Central Western Courtyard

    For more info: Check the International Student Service website

    Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Website Details

  • Batyr @ Adelaide Uni - Fri 22 Oct, 2 - 3:30pm

    Come along and hear from BATYR and their incredible speakers as they share their lived experiences of mental health, how they tackled imposter syndrome, and how they reached out for support. 

    Who should attend: HDR, Masters by Research and Honours students

    Location: Online event

    Friday 22 October, 2 - 3:30pm

    Register

  • Mentoring men, Fri 22 Oct, 5:30pm - 7pm

    Mentoring Men is a registered Australian charity providing free long-term one-to-one life mentoring programs for men Australia-wide. Come along to our conversation space to get involved and find out why talking is so important!

    Location: TBC-North Terrace Campus

    Friday 22 October, 5:30pm - 7pm

    Register

Week 4 starting 25 October

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  • Together wherever challenge - Every day in October

    Join international students from all over the world in the Together Wherever Challenge - a series of mini activities designed to help you connect with other students and the University, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Earn points for each activity you complete, and win prizes.

    Who should attend: All currently enrolled international students

    Location: Online

    Every day in October, Oct 1 - Nov 5 

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Weaving and wellness - Tue 26 Oct, 11am - 1pm

    In this 2 hour workshop, Join Aunty Janice Rigney who will teach you how to start to weave a small basket. Weaving provides a creative outlet, is a good activity for mindfulness and has been linked to better focus. The session also allows people to get together and have a chance to talk and share.

    Place are limited to 25 people.

    Location: Pfitzner Court, North Terrace Campus

    Tuesday 26 October, 11am - 1pm

    Register

  • What to do when there's no time for self-care - Tue 26 Oct, 2:10-2:30pm

    There are so many messages telling us to prioritise self-care, but sometimes this feels like another stressor in our lives. Counsellors Jacinta and Sally will talk you through this paradox and provide you with manageable tips and strategies to implement self-care in your busy schedules. This will be an interactive and relaxed environment- a 20 minute workshop followed by an interactive 20 minutes of Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Location: The Co-op space Level 4, Hughes Building, North Terrace

    Tuesday 26 October, 2:10-2:30pm

    Register

  • Reconnecting with self and nature through yoga - Wed 27 Oct, 12:15 - 1:45pm

    Flow through space with your breath and your body as we relearn our primal instincts, question our role on this Earth and explore the edges and crevices of our mind, body and all senses.

    Location: Pfizner court

    Wednesday 27 October, 12:15 - 1:45pm

    Register

  • Managing stress for exam success - Wed 27 Oct, 2:10-2:30 pm

    Keep going – and thriving/flourishing despite the stress you’re feeling! Explore strategies and skills to manage procrastination, persistent worry, and the avoidance of doing what needs to be done. Jacintha and Heather from our Counselling Support Team will share what they know to help you prepare and overcome your study hiccups. A bite-sized 20 minute workshop followed by an interactive 20 minutes of Q&A.

    Location: The Co-op space Level 4, Hughes Building, North Terrace

    Wednesday 27 October, 2:10-2:30 pm

    Register

  • Connect club - Every Wednesday in October 4-5pm

    Make connections with other international students in a fun and relaxed setting

    Who should attend: Offshore students 

    Location: Online

    Every Wednesday in October, 4-5 pm  

    For more info: International Student Support website, check details as they go up.

    ISS website

  • Reed diffuser workshop - Thu 28 Oct, 10am - 12pm

    Students will have the opportunity to come, select a jar/container and a scent of their choice. They will then make their Reed Diffuser to take home with them. Students will be encouraged to stay and mingle with their peers and chat about the importance of mental well being.

    Location: Ground Floor Foyer Area, Nexus 10

    Thursday 28 October, 10am - 12pm

    Register

  • Mental Health Awareness Month social sport – Thu 28 Oct, 12-2pm

    Outdoor games with a twist! What better way to take some time to unwind, than by spending an afternoon playing some lawn games. This is the perfect opportunity to make new friends, and move beyond small talk.

    Location: Barr Smith Lawns

    Thursday 28 Oct, 12-2pm

    Event Details

  • Work smarter: Mind-brain-body tips - 28-29 Oct, 12:30-1:30 pm

    Poster presentations facilitated by our Counselling Support Team to learn specific tools/ skills that can help you boost performance and wellbeing in an engaging, interactive format. Key topics include:

    • Mindfulness- the how and why
    • Power of rest breaks in enhancing learning
    • Using performance Mantra to achieve your goals
    • Using the Breath for purpose
    • Using exercise to improve your grades
    • New Science of visualisation.

    Students may attend for 5 minutes or stay for the full hour. This interactive discussion is repeated on Thursday and Friday.

    Location: The Co-op space Level 4, Hughes Building, North Terrace

    Dates

    • Thursday 28 October, 12:30-1:30 pm
    • Friday 29 October, 12:30-1:30 pm

    Register

  • Women's Recreational Running Network - Every Thursday in October, 5:15-6:15pm

    Win a Fitbit and other great prizes for putting in the kms during October! Improve your mental health by getting active, enjoying nature, and socializing. Join the Women’s Recreational Running Network for a running challenge with a 5km social run during Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Who should attend: Open to all uni female students and staff.

    Location: Uni foot bridge, North Terrace campus

    Every Thursday in October, 5:15 - 6:15pm

    Details

  • CommuniTea - Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Take a break with CommuniTea, a free weekly morning tea, featuring free snacks, coffee, and tea. Each week during MH Awareness month, there’s chilled-out arts and crafts activities for you to join, including painting, making key chains, and more.

    Location: Hub Central Western Courtyard

    For more info: Check the International Student Service website

    Every Friday in October, 10:30 - 11:30 am

    Website Details

  • Mental health: ask anything - Fri 29 Oct, 1:30-2:30 pm

    At times, we all worry about looking stupid or asking silly questions. But to build real mental health awareness, there are no silly questions and here's an opportunity to find some answers. During the week, there will be a box in the Co-op where you can post anonymous questions. Nicola from Counselling will be available to respond to those questions in this session. Or simply come to celebrate the end of Mental Health Awareness month in a relaxed setting and ask the questions you've been too embarrassed to verbalise in person.

    Location: The Co-op space Level 4, Hughes Building, North Terrace

    Friday 29 October, 1:30-2:30 pm

    Register