5 ways to engage with Mental Health Month this October

Understanding the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives
In recognition of Mental Health Month, we've compiled a list of ways to help you be proactive about your health and wellbeing, and how you can get involved with events happening on campus throughout October.

Mental Health Month is observed in October each year, and reminds us of the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing in our day-to-day lives. 

It's also a great opportunity to openly discuss and deepen our understanding of mental health, promote empathy for those affected by mental illness, and increase awareness of the tools and services available to help you care for yourself and others. 

This year's theme of Mental Health Month is 'we all have a role to play'. Whether we need to take some time to look after our own wellbeing, care for someone close to us, or learn when and where to seek professional help, we all have a part to play in working towards a world free from mental illness stigma. 

We've compiled a list of five ways you can engage with Mental Health Month this October – from events on campus to University podcasts, as well as services and resources you can access if you need support.


Podcast What's it about?
Sydney Ideas

A curated playlist of mental health discussions from our flagship public talks program, Sydney Ideas.

Tune in now.


If you haven’t discovered PeerPod yet, we recommend it! The Peer Learning Advisors discuss uni life and it’s a great way to stay connected with your University community. There are new episodes bi-monthly.

Tune in now.



Nourish your body (and mind)

Event When/Where Details
Breakfast Club Tuesday's in The Quarter Library and Thursday's in Fisher Library, throughout October Enjoy a free breakfast from 9 am every Tuesday and Thursday at the Library
Bonus Breakfast Tuesday's from 9 am to 11 am on Level 3 Wentworth Building, throughout October Free breakfast for USU members, until sold out
Bonus Lunch Thursday's from 11 am at Manning Cantina, Manning Bar, throughout October Free Mexican street food for USU members, until sold out
Bonus Dinner Wednesday's from 5 pm to 7 pm on Level 3 Wentworth Building, throughout October Free dinner for USU members, until sold out
Coffee & Croissants 3, 17 and 31 October from 11–12 pm in Fisher Library  Enjoy free coffee and croissants in Fisher Library with Headspace
Coffee Cart 17 October, 9:30 am to 1 pm at J03 Foyers Enjoy free coffee from the Engineering Faculty 
Picnic on the Green 25 October, 11:30 am to 2 pm on Cadigal Green Enjoy a free BBQ picnic with the Engineering Faculty on Cadigal Green
Free fruit 30 October to 3 November at Peter Nicol Russell (PNR) Building  Swing by PNR and grab some free fruit in Weeks 12 and 13, courtesy of the Engineering Faculty




TalkCampus is a 24/7 peer-support social network designed to improve mental wellbeing by offering a safe space for students around the world to share their struggles and support one another anonymously. 


Sonder, available to international students, is a smartphone app designed to give you 24/7 access to wellbeing and safety professionals and resources, all at the touch of a button.

Peer Support Advisors

Speak to one of our experienced Peer Support Advisors (PSA), who are current University of Sydney students trained to assist you with a range of academic and wellbeing enquiries. 

Family and friends 

Reach out to those around you, ask for help and seek support if you need it. Building healthy relationships and staying socially connected are key components to maintaining your wellbeing. Visit the R U OK? website for simple steps you can follow to start a meaningful conversation


Brain and Mind Centre 

Mental health researchers at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre share research and useful resources to help better understand mental health.  Stay up to date with the latest news, events and resources relating to mental health research.  

Matilda Centre 

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use offers a range of programs, tools, videos, booklets and factsheets that provide support and information about substance abuse and dependence. Check out the Centre's resource page to skill up and access support. 

Additional support services and resources


Last updated: 3 October 2023

3 October 2023