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5 ways you can tune in on your mental health this month

12 October 2021
Check in with yourself and others this Mental Health Month
In recognition of Mental Health Month, we've compiled a list of different ways you can be proactive about your mental health – from events, podcasts, to checklists and resources, get involved and tune in on your mental wellbeing.

The events over the past year or two have undoubtedly emphasised our need to take care of our mental wellbeing. Regardless of what stage you’re at in the pursuit of study, student life is hard work, and on top of that, life is never short of curveballs to tackle.

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October. Whether you have a lived experience of mental illness or not, this month is an opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives.

Stress comes in many forms, and each one of us experiences and reacts to it differently. What should be universal though, is our continued efforts to normalise conversations about mental health.

The theme for this year is Tune In, it means being present and being aware of what’s happening within you and the world around you. So, this month in October and beyond, tune in with yourself ­­– listen to your body, check in with those around you – let’s remind each other and ourselves that it’s okay to not be okay.

Here, we have compiled a list of different ways you can tune in on your mental health – from events, podcasts, to checklists and resources, surely there’s one that clicks with your senses. Get involved and be proactive about your mental wellbeing now.

Listen

Podcast/Playlist What is it about?
Sydney Ideas

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

Tune in now.

The Informed

Hosted by Sam Hockey, mental health ambassador, researcher at the Brain and Mind Centre lived experience team at the University of Sydney. This podcast series provides evidence-based, lived experience informed, and practically resourced on all things mental health.

Tune in now.

PeerPod

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. One of the CAPS team members will be joining the PLAs during mental health month on the show! New episodes bi-monthly.

Tune in now.

Minding your Mind

Prof Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney and author & broadcaster James O’Loghlin explore all aspects of mental health; the different types of mental health issues we can experience, their causes, how they affect us, and what we can do to get help and find solutions.

Tune in now.

Read

Learn

Event Time Registration

Tune-in to Sleep with Dr Yu Sun Bin

Getting sufficient sleep is important for our physical and psychological well-being. Sleep is a critical pillar in achieving maximum mental health and overall wellness. Dr Yu Sun Bin, will arm you with a tool kit to enable rest and recovery, resulting in a deeper resilience and an ability to make the most of every day. Sweet dreams are ahead.

14 October

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Register via Eventbrite 

Tune-in to Advice and Support @ USYD

This session will look at the breadth of support, advice, and advocacy services available to students within the University, and will help you learn how to decide which is the most appropriate service for a particular issue. It will also help you to understand how you can access the services available, and what you can expect from that process.

21 October

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Register via Eventbrite

Tune in to 10 Top Tips for Managing Stress

Dr Erin Kelly will provide an overview of stress, and her top ten tips for managing stress.

Dr Erin Kelly is a Research Fellow at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney. Erin is also a practicing Clinical Psychologist, currently working in private practice.

28 October

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Register via Eventbrite

Participate

Yoga for mental health

This class will incorporate relaxation techniques that bring calmer states of mind and body. Practice powerful strategies that allow you to feel more ​ease and enjoyment in the moment, while gently increasing physical strength, flexibility, and an overall sense of wellbeing.

The class will be facilitated by Heather, trauma sensitive yoga teacher and social worker, and Angus, functional trainer with a passion for movement for mental health.

Register your attendance so you don’t miss out.

batyr@usyd

batyr is a youth mental health organisation that aims to engage, educate, and empower young people to have honest and open conversations surrounding mental health. 

As a student representative for USyd, you will plan and implement events and and initiatives on campus to raise awareness around mental health and promote help seeking.

Apply to join the batyr exec at USyd for 2022.

Connect

TalkCampus

TalkCampus is an app you can download to your phone, it’s a 24/7 peer-support social network designed to improve mental wellbeing by offering a safe space for students around the world to share your struggles and support one another anonymously.

Visit our TalkCampus webpage for more information

International student Peer Connect (Mandarin version)

In this virtual chat, share your stories and coping strategies, or just listen. We encourage a general chat about ways to stay mentally healthy in our daily life. We hope this Mandarin-only peer support session might give you some useful tips, broaden your online social network, and connect you to the USyd postgraduate community.

Register via Zoom.

Support at the University

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The CAPS team at the University offers confidential counselling free of charge, they will support you through any concerns that may be impacting your academic performance or mental health and wellbeing.

University of Sydney’s Supporting Online Study website

This is a good one to bookmark. It’s a great University resource for anything relating to health, wellbeing and academic supports, and if you need support and you’re not exactly sure what you might need, you can connect with a Peer Support Advisor through this website too.


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