University Mental Health Day

The 6th #UnMentalHealthDay was held across Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday 7 May 2019. The theme for University Mental Health Day in 2019 was USE YOUR VOICE!


What is it?

University Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of the mental health and well-being needs of those who study and work in higher education settings. The concept was first developed by University Mental Health Advisors' Network in the UK and is now co-ordinated by the student mental health charity Student Minds .

How to get involved

If you would like to be involved in the University Mental Health Day in 2020, please contact Paula Convery by email or phone 02 4921 7762.

Why have a University Mental Health Day?

Evidence suggests 1 in 5 adults will suffer a mental health disorder in any 12 months with a higher prevalence of 26% among 16-24 year olds and 25% among 25-34 year olds (ABS 2008). Research conducted in Europe and North America indicates university students are particularly susceptible to certain mental health disorders. Contributing factors may be moving away from home for the first time, academic pressures and sleeping problems (Said et al. 2013).

Workplace mental health conditions are common and can result in significant impact on individuals and organisations. Creating a mentally healthy workplace is therefore likely to result in significant benefits for organisations (Beyond Blue, 2014).

Thank you to our kind sponsor ANZSSA for supporting this initiative and thank you to the members of the University Mental Health Day Steering Committee for their coordination of the event.


Useful resources

Five ways to Wellbeing provides strategies to improve your mental health in your everyday life and was developed by the UK New Economics Foundation. This app can be downloaded free to your android or iphone.

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008) ABS, 2007 National survey of mental health and well-being: Summary of results. ABS Cat. No. 4326.0. ABS, Canberra.
  • Beyond Blue (2014) Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis. Online report at Accessed August 12 2014.
  • Said D Kypri K Bowman J (2013) Risk factors for mental disorder among university students in Australia: findings from a web based cross sectional survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 48:6, 935-944.