Mental Health Promotion and Support Strategy Working Group

UoM Mental Health Promotion and Support Strategy 2016-2018

There is growing global awareness of the importance of mental health for individuals, communities and economies. The University of Melbourne is a pre-eminent institution of international standing with research strengths in mental illness and mental health promotion. Associated with this status is a responsibility for implementing effective strategies for promoting mental health amongst members of the University community, and supporting members experiencing mental illness or mental health difficulties. The Mental Health Promotion and Support Strategy outlines activities the University will undertake to promote mental health awareness, foster psychological resilience and support University community members experiencing mental illness and mental health difficulties.

The three overarching components of the UoM Mental Health Promotion and Support Strategy are:

1.     Mental Health Awareness

Objective: Encourage and maintain a high level of mental health literacy in the University community, promote early intervention and reduce stigma associated with mental health issues.

Indicators of Success: We will know that we are on track to realise this goal if:

  • The University community maintains access to mental health training for students and staff including Mental Health First Aid.
  • University policies accommodate the needs of students and staff in reaching their study and work goals.

2.     Psychological Resilience and Good Mental Health

Objective: Encourage and foster psychological resilience and good mental health in members of the University community.

Indicators of Success: We will know that we are on track to realise this goal if:

  • Regular wellbeing promotion campaigns are widely accessible to members of the University community.
  • The University community maintains access to information, workshops and training that promote and foster psychological resilience and good mental health.
  • The University learning environment supports student mental health.

3.     Support People with Mental Health Difficulties and Illnesses

Objective: Ensure that members of the University community have access to timely, appropriate support and information for mental health difficulties, and illnesses.

Indicators of Success: We will know that we are on track to realise this goal if:

  • Students and staff have access to appropriate mental health services.
  • Members of the University community have access to information and resources which enable appropriate support for those experiencing mental illness and mental health difficulties.
  • Members of the University community are aware of anti-discrimination legislation so that staff and students with mental illness and mental health difficulties are provided with reasonable adjustments where appropriate.