At RMIT, we believe that investing in mental health and wellbeing is essential for our success.
RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and engagement.
To help our students realise their enormous potential, RMIT is committed to promoting both student and staff mental wellbeing. We are passionate about RMIT being a supportive, diverse and inclusive place to learn, research and work.
To achieve this vision, RMIT has prioritised staff and student mental wellbeing initiatives.
Student Mental Wellbeing
The university has commenced a three-year, whole-of-University change project that recognises students’ mental health and wellbeing as a core institutional priority.
RMIT’s Academic Board has endorsed the Framework for Promoting Student Mental Wellbeing in Universities (PDF 480KB).
The latest research and our own data confirm that the topic of student mental wellbeing holds both great challenge and bright opportunity. We are determined to take on the challenges laid out in Dr Benjamin Veness’ The Wicked Problem of University Student Mental Health (PDF 979KB) and to do this work in close partnership with students and the RMIT Student Union.
We have formed a Mental Wellbeing Advisory Group and mapped high-level priorities for the immediate future. Work is already underway in the following activities:
- Building teaching staff capability to support and respond to students wellbeing needs, starting with our Vocational Education staff
- Exploring innovative digital solutions to enhance student access to Student Support Services
- Fostering strong partnerships and reducing stigma in collaboration with the RMIT Student Union
- Developing student mental health knowledge and skills, with a focus on resilience
Staff Mental Wellbeing
RMIT is committed to enhancing our health, safety and wellbeing performance standards, systems, strategies, processes and outcomes. To help us achieve this aim, we have implemented a whole-of-institution Global Safety Model.
Staff mental wellbeing is an important part of our integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing. We know that a mentally healthy workplace bring benefits for our staff and our institution.
The Global Safety Model provides a framework for our staff to embed Health, Safety and Wellbeing into the way we operate. It supports staff with the tools and information they need to manage risks, incidents and hazards in effective and consistent ways.
The model also allows RMIT to plan for and support staff wellbeing in both proactive and responsive ways. Staff at RMIT are supported through a range of ongoing health and wellbeing services, including:
- Mental health promotion activities and workshops
- Access to Employee Assistance Program and a Manager Assistance Program
- Localised staff wellbeing initiatives
The Human Resources, Health Safety and Wellbeing team are also piloting a new Staff Wellbeing process as part of our commitment to ensuring staff can thrive at work.
Staff can find out more at RMIT Health, Safety and Wellbeing (login required) webpage.