Mental Health Week (12-16 Oct)

Mental Health Week is an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on mental health and wellbeing. Join us as we celebrate and raise awareness with a week of activations both online and across the St Lucia, Gatton & Herston campuses.

This year has been particularly challenging for so many of us, and has highlighted the importance of taking the time to look after our own mental health, as well as connecting with and checking in on those around us.

This year, we will also be recognising and supporting both National Carers Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Month as part of our Mental Health Week program.

National Carers Week recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution that unpaid carers make to our nation, and presents an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. UQ will be designating Tuesday, 13th October as Carer's Day, with a number of events to support our carers community.

October is also Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Join the UQ Respect team for a range of activities across the week that aim to promote respect and safety across our campuses for all members of our community. Complete the UQ Respect online module and receive a free gift bag, come to the Understanding Respect and Consent Discussion Circle with the One Woman Project, engage with our new Respect Is… campaign and share your thoughts on what respect means to you! 

Take a look at our jam packed program, and come and join us throughout the week!

Week Highlights

National Carers Week recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution that unpaid carers make to our nation, and presents an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. FREE food will be provided at each of the on-campus sessions. Register for one of our Carers Week Discussion circles below.
Join us for the official launch of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. This Framework sets out UQ’s commitment to providing students and staff with safe and respectful environments for all members of our community.
In recognition of Queensland Mental Health Week, we asked our UQ community – students, staff, executives and mental health champions – to share their thoughts on the importance of taking time for mental health.

Full program

 

Saturday 10 October

1pm

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble: Theatre Games Community and Wellbeing Workshop 

Drawing on games and techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed canon, this workshop will encourage participants to get into their bodies, to be spontaneous, playful and creative, to interact with others and have lots of fun!

Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, UQ St Lucia campus Register here

Monday 12 October

Time Session Location Registration
10am-12pm 

Engineering Undergraduate Society ​ - Take time for mental health morning 

To celebrate the QLD Mental Health Week engineering students are invited to take time for their mental health. There will be yoga and meditation activities, Safe Space for chats with Mental Health Champions and some ideas for self-care to take with you. Undergraduate, postgraduate course work and HDR students are welcome to attend.

Natural Amphitheatre,
UQ St Lucia campus

Find out more
10am-2pm 

UQ Respect Hub

Drop by the UQ Respect Hub and get involved with one of the many activities on offer! We are giving away FREE UQ Respect gift bags to everyone who completes the new online module, UQ Respect: Sexual Consent Ethical Bystanding, and Compassionate Response! We'll also have our interactive Respect Is...campaign set up all week long, so make sure you stop by and share with the UQ community what respect means to you!  There'll also be plenty of opportunities to engage with the UQ Respect coordinator as well as our student volunteers, where you can hear all about the support services UQ offers and how you can play a role in ensuring our campuses are safe and respectful spaces for all of our community. We hope to see you there!

Grassy Knoll,
UQ St Lucia campus
No registration required.
10.30-11am

Yoga and Meditation Session - Engineering Undergraduate Society ​

Start your day the right way and  join the EUS for a free yoga and meditation session!

All participants will receive a free coffee voucher and go into the draw to win a $100 'Riverlife' voucher! Don't forget to bring a mat or a towel with you and join us at the Natural Amphitheatre for a relaxing morning!

Natural Amphitheatre,
UQ St Lucia campus
Register here
11am-12pm

Nutritional Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare quick, easy and nutritional meals on a budget, from the comfort of your own home! Join Dr Olivia Wright from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences live on the UQ Life Facebook page to step up your cooking game!
Download the recipes and cook along!
Chicken Pea and Broccoli Pasta
Chickpea Curry

UQ Life Facebook Live UQ Life Facebook Live
12-1pm

'Let's Tacobout it' Lived Experience Panel 

Come and join us for a conversation with UQ’s Sean Tran. Sean is a 6th year law / commerce student at UQ. He is also President of the UQ Law Society and is a lived-experience speaker at Batyr. Through his role at Batyr, Sean attends workshops at various high schools and universities in QLD to speak about his mental health journey. Sean will be sharing his story about navigating University while tackling challenges with his mental health. So come along, and let’s tacobout it!!

Natural Amphitheatre, UQ St Lucia Register here
1-2pm

UQ Wellness Online Webinar: Surviving to Thriving

This combined stress/resilience webinar will take a preventative approach to dealing with stress, explore what it means to be resilient, and provide effective tools to build long term personal resilience. Participants will be challenged to make an action plan for the future, to not only build their resilience but also maintain good mental health and wellbeing generally. Note: Please remember to bring a pen and paper for this session

ONLINE Webinar Register here
1-2pm 

Online Webinar: Carer's at Work 

The UQ Human Resources are celebrating National Carers’ Week with a “Carers at Work” panel discussion. Join our panellists Associate Director Dr Dee Gibbon (Workplace Diversity and Inclusion), Richard Bannister (Workplace Relations) and Kiri Stejko (Chief Services Officer, Parents and Carers at Work) moderated by Dr Kate Smith (UQ Workplace Psychologist) as they explore the experiences of carers juggling work, life and caring responsibilities along with strategies and supports available for UQ employees including flexible work options.

ONLINE Webinar Register here
1.30 - 2.30pm 

Mental Health Support in Your Language

Join Pamela Doherty UQ’s Health Promotion Coordinator and Andrés Otero Forero, Clinical Educator from the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre for an online 'Mental Health Support in Your Language' session. The session will provide students with an understanding of mental health, tips on supporting our mental health and where to get specialised support in your language.

ONLINE via Zoom
Register to receive the link
Register here

Tuesday 13 October

Session 1
10 - 11am

Session 2
12.30 - 1.30pm

Session 3
3.30 - 4.30pm

Online Session 4
5-6pm

Carers Week Discussion Circle 

National Carers Week recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution that unpaid carers make to our nation, and presents an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

Hosted by UQ Diversity, Disability and Inclusion and Counselling representatives, the UQ Carers Week discussion circles are an opportunity for our Carer’s community to get together and have a conversation, learn about what supports are available, share their experiences and talk about some ideas to help strengthen UQ with Carer support.

FREE food will be provided at each of the on-campus sessions.

Session 1,2,3
Behind UQ Lakes Bus Stop Platform C, UQ St Lucia

Session 4
ONLINE via Zoom
Register to receive the link

Register for On-campus

Register for Online

10am - 2pm 

UQ Respect Hub

Drop by the UQ Respect Hub from 10am-2pm from Monday-Thursday and get involved! We hope to see you there!

Grassy Knoll
UQ St Lucia campus
No registration required.
11am-1pm 

Meet the Artist

Meet the artist behind the Respect Is... campaign...Samuel Leighton-Dore. Come along for an informal chat with Samuel about the new campaign, the inspiration behind Respect Is..., Mental Health, art and more!

Grassy Knoll
UQ St Lucia campus
No registration required.
1-2pm

UQ Wellness Online Webinar: Healthy Lifestyle Habits

‘Healthy Lifestyle Habits” provides essential information about how our bodies and minds work best in the context of busy working lives. It provides evidence-based guidance on managing our cravings for unhealthy foods and activities, increasing exercise when we lack motivation, staying positive, and achieving a healthy balance between work and play.

ONLINE Webinar Register here

Wednesday 14 October

10am-12pm 

Post Graduate Convo Corner & Mental Health Panel Discussion

Join us from 10am for a discussion about HDR student mental health over coffee featuring Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff (Deputy Dean, UQ Graduate School), Dr Susannah Tye (Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute), and UQ HDR students Lauren Zappala and Gabriela Fernando. There will also be an opportunity for games, more coffee and fun conversations from 11am-12pm.

Natural Amphitheatre, UQ St Lucia campus No registration required.
10am - 2pm

Wednesday's on the Knoll

  • Coffee Corner
  • Chat with a UQ Counsellor, Mental Health Champion
The Great Court
UQ St Lucia campus
No registration required.
10-11am

Health and Wellbeing Walk Gatton

Get your steps up, enjoy the beautiful Gatton campus, and meet other students while learning about the services to support your mental health at UQ. The walk will conclude with a 10 minute mindfulness session and  light refreshments. 

Departs Central Walkway
UQ Gatton campus
No registration required.
10am - 2pm

Gatton Chill Sessions

  • Coffee Corner
  • Chat with a UQ Counsellor, Mental Health Champion
  • Post Graduate Convo Corner
  • Terrarium Making Workshop (due to COVID-19 limited spots available)
  • Let's Tacobout It Gatton
Central Walkway
UQ Gatton campus
No registration required.
10am - 2pm

UQ Respect Hub

Drop by the UQ Respect Hub from 10am-2pm from Monday-Thursday and get involved! We hope to see you there!

Grassy Knoll
UQ St Lucia campus
No registration required.
10am - 2pm 

Terrarium Making Workshop

Research has found that having houseplants can benefit your mental health and wellbeing! Come along to our free workshop on how to make a terrarium to add some greenery to your surroundings! You will even get to take your little green friend home with you!

The Great Court
UQ St Lucia campus
Tickets sold out
11.30am-12.30pm 

Online Webinar: Psychosocial Safety Climate and Australian Universities

Work stress is increasing across the world with impacts on health, society and productivity. Join Professor Maureen Dollard and Dr Amy Zadow (Centre for Workplace Excellence - University of South Australia) to hear about the causes of work stress, the impact of COVID-19 on workplace mental health, mental health within universities and strategies to prevent and improve levels of work stress for teams and staff.

    ONLINE Webinar Register here
    11.30am - 1pm

    Herston Hangouts

    • Coffee Corner
    • Chat with a UQ Counsellor, Mental Health Champion
    • Terrarium Making Workshop (due to COVID-19 limited spots available)
    Outside Cafe Dose
    UQ Herston campus
    No registration required.
    12 - 1pm 

    Respect and Consent Discussion Circle

    This interactive session explores in depth the concept of consent - from a legal and practical perspective - autonomy within romantic relationships, and verbal/ non-verbal consent cues. The session will also look at positive relationships and practical tips for when relationships ‘go bad’.

    FREE lunch included for all attendees.

    Grassy Knoll
    UQ St Lucia campus
    Register here
    2 - 3.15pm 

    Mindfulness Meditation Practice

    Meditation for all levels! Beginners welcome!
    Mindfulness practices help you build up the capacity to maintain a steadiness in present-moment awareness. The benefits of Mindfulness come from the direct experience of practice, beginners often fall asleep, feel uncomfortable, struggle with difficult thoughts or emotions, and become bored or distracted. This session aims to support you in overcoming these common obstacles when beginning your mindfulness journey. 15 min will be offered at the end of the session for reflection on insights, experiences, or questions with an experienced meditator.

    ONLINE via Zoom
    Register to receive the link
    Register here
    4.30-5.30pm

    Queensland Brain Institute
    Live Webinar: Understanding the brain to treat depression

    It is estimated that more than 30% of people do not respond to medicines to treat depression. This can leave people with limited treatment options and have a huge impact on their quality of life and their support networks. Join Queensland Brain Institute researchers Dr Susannah Tye, Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri and psychiatrist, and QBI researcher, Dr Philip Mosley as they discuss what is happening in the brains of people with depression, why medications don’t work for some people and alternative treatments for people with depression that don’t respond to medication.   

    ONLINE via Zoom
    Register to receive the link
    Register here

    Thursday 15 October

    9 - 10.30am 

    Health and Wellbeing Walk St Lucia

    Get your steps up, enjoy the beautiful St Lucia campus, and meet other students while learning about the services to support your mental health at UQ. The walk will conclude with a FREE light morning tea at the community garden. 

    Departs Grassy Knoll
    UQ St Lucia campus
    Register here
    10am - 2pm 

    UQ Respect Hub 

    Drop by the UQ Respect Hub from 10am-2pm from Monday-Thursday and get involved! We hope to see you there!

    Grassy Knoll
    UQ St Lucia campus
    No registration required.
    11am-12pm

    The Trauma Banquet: A reading with Professor Kenneth Pakenham

    Come and join us for an insightful and thought provoking discussion about Professor Pakenham’s inspirational memoir that reveals the truth about building resilience and overcoming adversity.  Professor Pakenham, a UQ Psychology Professor, will share excerpts from his recently published memoir, which uses his personal story to reveal a surprising truth behind resilience: Embracing pain is empowering.

    CANCELLED CANCELLED
    2 - 3.15pm 

    UQ Mindfulness: Learn to stop overthinking 

    Over-thinking is a burden many people struggle with. Some have called it the monkey mind - always active and jumping in our heads, keeping us up at night. Learn ways to quieten your inner mind with helpful mindfulness strategies and skills.

    Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre
    Building 38, Room 202, Level 2, St Lucia
    Register here
    3 - 4pm

    Vet Student Mental Health & Wellbeing:
    A discussion with Dr Nadine Hamilton

    Join Dr Nadine Hamilton for a discussion on mental health and wellbeing. 

    ONLINE via Zoom
    Register to receive the link
    Register here

    Friday 16 October

    10am
    Panel


    10.30am Pancakes

    Engineering Undergraduate Society - Learning from Lived Experience Panel with Beyond Blue Speaker Zerlina Lahz

    Join the Engineering Undergraduate Society to hear from Beyond Blue Speaker Zerlina Lahz about their lived experience over some free pancakes!

    Find out more about Beyond Blue

     

    Panel
    Hawken Engineering Building, Room N202

    Pancakes
    Hawken Engineering Building BBQ's 

    UQ St Lucia

    Find out more
    12.45 - 3pm 

    Official Launch of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

    Join us for the official launch of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. This Framework sets out UQ’s commitment to providing students and staff with safe and respectful environments for all members of our community. This event will be an opportunity to learn about the Framework and explore what it means for each of us in practice. Hear from Professor Deborah Terry AO, UQ Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Joanne Wright, UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Keynote Speaker Patty Kinnersly CEO of Our Watch. After the official launch, stay for light refreshments and round table discussions about practical ways we can all draw on the Framework to build prevention into our work and contribute to ensuring our learning, working and research environments are safe and respectful places for all members of our community.

    UQ Centre
    UQ St Lucia campus
    Register here
    1-2pm

    UQ Wellness Online Webinar: Feeding your Mental Health

    This webinar will help equip you with the knowledge to get the most out of your food The health of your mind is just as important as your physical health. More recent research shows that food can play a part in maintaining your mental wellbeing. ‘Feeding your mental health’ reveals the importance of a balanced diet for our health and wellbeing, with some suggestions on specific foods to focus on for mental wellbeing.

    ONLINE Webinar Register here
    5pm

    Social Run (with the UQ Social Runners Club)

    Join the UQ Social Runners Club for an afternoon run for Mental Health Week. 

    Meet on the Corner of Sir William MacGregor Drive and Upland Rd, UQ St Lucia Find out more

     

    COVID Safe Events

    All events and spaces are operating in line with current guidelines. We ask that you please practice social distancing at all times and if you have travelled in the last 14 days, been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home. Where relevant, you will be required to provide your contact details for contact tracing purposes.

    Resources

    The UQ Counselling team offer a range of different counselling sessions to suit your needs including one-on-one appointments, group sessions and online support.
    Check out the mental health literacy project developed by Headspace, which includes 6 short videos about depression, anxiety, stress, support seeking, bullying / cyber-bullying and how to help a friend.
    Come and take a look at the recent book launch for The Trauma Banquet, by UQ’s very own Professor Kenneth Pakenham.

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    Acknowledgement of Country

    The University of Queensland (UQ) acknowledges the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which UQ operates.

    We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country.

    We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.

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