Highlighting mental health in the University community
Manager of the Counselling Service Jonathan Norton said the week aimed to activate, educate and engage people about mental health.
"Hosting events during this week, as reflected in our mental health strategy, was a way in which we sought to maintain a University community where positive mental health was promoted, and members were well-informed on mental health issues," he said.
My Norton said the variety of events offered something for every member of the University community.
"The 'BBQ the Blues Away' lunchtime event, organised by students from the Student Ambassador and Leadership Program, was particularly successful. Several guest speakers related their journeys of recovery, and hundreds of information showbags were distributed."
The counselling service ran several workshops, including a well-attended stress management workshop for University staff, and a student session which focussed on managing anxiety.
The University's events culminated with a keynote address by University researchers and Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, who spoke on A 21st Century Approach to Mental Health Care.
Mr Norton said Professor McGorry's lecture was very motivating and thought provoking.
"Professor McGorry clearly and elegantly laid out the dimensions of the problem of ensuring successful responses to mental health," he said.
"He then outlined a way forward which involved harnessing the energy and commitment of the whole community for these issues to be addressed."
Mr Norton said much of the success of Mental Health Week at the University was due to the work of many volunteers who were committed to promoting mental wellbeing, furthering knowledge about mental health and eliminating stigma surrounding mental ill-health.