What is University Mental Health Day?
University Mental Health Day takes place every year to raise awareness about mental health among students and staff at the university.
University Mental Health Day is Tuesday 2 May 2023
The aim of University Mental Health Day is to promote mental health awareness and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
La Trobe celebrates University Mental Health Day each year to highlight the importance of promoting good mental health practices among students and staff, such as recognising the state of your mental health, practicing mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques, exercising and eating well and seeking help when needed.
We want to promote a culture of openness, support, and understanding around mental health and to encourage students to prioritise their mental health and well-being.
To help you with learning more about mental health, there is a range of activities happening across our campuses on Tuesday 2 May.
|Time and location
|Campus Create & Chill
Join us for a celebration of creativity and Arts designed to help you relax, take a breath, and try something new. This special event is a mash-up of La Trobe’s Moat Arts Festival and University Mental Health Day. There’ll be free food, music, roving performers, crafting, and more.
La Moka Cafe/AW-6
12 pm –
|University Mental Health Day Coffee and Mindfulness Colouring
Grab a free coffee or a hot choccy on us from JD Espresso Bar and Café and show off your colouring skills with your mates and colleagues with a mindfulness colouring session.
|11 am –
|UMHD International Student Movie Night
Student Wellbeing Connect has partnered with the International Student Relief Funds to present The University Mental Health Day Movie Night. Everyone is welcome to join us in the Gallery and enjoy the double feature; Pixar’s Up and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We will have a potato food truck out front and sweet cupcakes for dessert. Bring your comfy blanket and grab one of the beanbags and enjoy the movie with your friends. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!!
5 pm –
|Your Mind Matters (Moat Arts Festival x Uni Mental Health Day)
Unwind, learn some new stress management skills and make a commitment to your mental health this Uni Mental Health Day x Moat Festival crossover! Free full catering included
3 pm – 5:30 pm
|Market Day in the Ag: Moat x Uni Mental Health Day Takeover
This week, LTU Clubs and Student Theatre & Film are teaming up with the La Trobe Wellbeing Team to celebrate Uni Mental Health Day, with a Moat-twist. Alongside the standard sausage sizzle and stalls, we’ll be running activities that celebrate how arts promote wellbeing and give you the opportunity to try something new. Paint-along with ARGO, take a break from your studies and come chillax in the Ag.
11.30 am – 1.30 pm
|Uni Mental Health Day with Special Guest Bachar Houli
Join us for a 60-minute webinar organised by Medibank and run by La Trobe University for La Trobe staff and students by Bachar Houli on University Mental Health Day, as he raises awareness of the mental health and wellbeing needs of those studying or working in higher education. Drawing on his lived experience, Bachar will share his personal journey with mental health, including the challenges and opportunities that he faced during his time in the AFL. This event is a partnership between Medibank and La Trobe University.
10 am – 11 am Register now
|Uni Mental Health Day
Come by and enjoy some warm soup and take the time out to do a few brain teasers, colour in or just relax to some chill music.
12 pm –
Common Ground Cafe
Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion
Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion have mental health and case management support for currently enrolled students. Take a look at the Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion services that are available. You can also submit an enquiry online.
Out-of-hours University Crisis Line
- Call 1300 146 307 or Text: 0488 884 100
(5.00 pm–9.00 am weekdays, 24 hours including weekends and public holidays).
- Life Line Australia: Crisis support, call 13 11 14
- Headspace: support for 16 – 25-year-olds