RMIT launches Mental Wellbeing Survey

RMIT launches Mental Wellbeing Survey

After what has been a challenging couple of years for many, RMIT is checking in on how the university community is travelling through its Mental Wellbeing Survey.

 

We spoke to Mental Wellbeing Champion and student, Mia Ferreira to better understand the aims of the survey along with the support services that are currently available to students. 

Mia explained that her role is to provide feedback and ideas to the RMIT Mental Wellbeing Team and help facilitate campaigns, events and activities to support students’ mental health and wellbeing.   

“As Mental Wellbeing Champions, we are also being armed with great information, tools and resources so we can help direct students to the great range of suitable services and supports available.  I’m also a yoga teacher and passionate about promoting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in all areas of life!”  

The survey is open until Wednesday 14 September. It is anonymous, voluntary, and only takes 10-20 minutes. There’s also a chance to win one of 10 $50 food shopping vouchers by participating.  

When asked why it was important for students to contribute to this year’s Mental Wellbeing Survey, Mia reflected on her own experience during the pandemic where things have become even more  difficult for a lot of people:  

Life and studying can be hard at times, and the pandemic has made things even more complicated  than usual in recent years. That’s why RMIT has made wellbeing a priority. – Mia Ferreira

Mia said the Mental Wellbeing Survey will give RMIT insight into how students are feeling, in order to provide relevant services and activities and promote positive mental wellbeing.  

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The information from last year’s survey has helped RMIT implement new initiatives – like creating a team of student mental wellbeing champions to provide ongoing feedback! It's also a chance to reflect on your own wellbeing.

And if you feel like you need some extra support, Mia gave some advice on how RMIT can help you through its support services. 

“If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or lonely - the best thing you can do is ask for help. Friends and family are probably first in line, but there’s also lots of support services and activities available at RMIT from the counselling service and on-campus medical hub to fun social activities and online webinars. I attended the counselling service’s Stress and Anxiety 101 webinar recently which was fantastic! ”

Check out the Health, Safety and Wellbeing page for details.

Where to go for support 

If this survey brings up anything for you, or you would like support, please reach out to: 

  • RMIT Connect (during business hours): Call 9925 5000 for referral to support services 
  • RMIT student urgent mental health support line (24/7): Call 1300 305 737 or text 0488 884 162.  

You can also call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 220 636 

If you’re currently outside of Australia: 

  • 24/7 Health and Support Phoneline (Medibank): Call +61 2 8905 0307 
  • RMIT International SOS Phoneline: Call +61 2 9372 2468 

RMIT support for students:

24 August 2022

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