University Mental Health Day

The 5th University Mental Health Day will be held on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at participating universities across Australia and New Zealand.

The theme for University Mental Health Day this year is commUNIty.

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

Email Paula Convery or phone 02 4921 7762 to register your event and add your contact details to the distribution list of participating universities. You will then receive digital and printable resources to support the participation in University Mental Health Day 2018.

Please see the UK charity, Student Minds to find some ideas for activities to involve your university commUNIty.

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.


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.