Wellbeing Peer Support Program – for international students

Share and hear ideas about looking after your wellbeing at fun excursions and events that help you connect with other international students.

Are you looking after your mental health and wellbeing? Need someone to hear you out? 

We all know what taking care of our physical health looks like – eating right, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. But do you know how to look after your mental health and wellbeing?  We know that life as an international student can sometimes be challenging and busy.  But to make the most out of your uni experience it’s super important to take a step back and make the time to look after you.

Sometimes it helps to speak to someone going through the same things as you. Our friendly International Student Peer Support team are current international students who can lend a supportive ear. They will provide a safe space for you to share and hear tips and ideas about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing, overcome challenges, and build your resilience.

Connect with your peers over shared experiences with:

  • Mental health recovery
  • Relationships and social skills
  • Overcoming homesickness
  • Family expectations or pressure
  • Cultural differences
  • Confidence and empowerment 
  • Stress management
  • How and where to get professional support for your mental health and wellbeing
  • Life skills
  • And anything else you would like to talk about!

Best of all, these topics will be discussed at friendly and fun events that also let you explore Melbourne and connect with other international students. See upcoming sessions below.

Please note, this program is open to current RMIT international students only.

This initiative has been made possible by funding from the Victorian Government through Study Melbourne.  

Dates, times, locations and registration

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Bundoora campus picnic

Date & time: 29 September 2022, 12pm-2pm AEST

Location: RMIT University Bundoora Campus - Building 210/202 Courtyard

Come along for a picnic at Bundoora Campus! Enjoy some nibbles, socilaise with othe rinternational students and share stories of adapting to Australia as international student.

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De-stress Game Sesh

Date & time: 11 October 2022, 4pm-7pm AEST

Location: RMIT City campus, Megaflex 3, Room 8, Level 4, Building 13, (008.04.013)

Do you want to relax, meet other international students and have a good time? Join us in this board game sesh to de-stress, connect and take care!

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Picnic party

Date & time: 15 November 2022, 12:30pm-3pm AEST

Location: Carlton Gardens (near Royal Exhibition Building Fountain)

Get together with other international students as the summer approaches and the semester comes to an end for some food and good chats! Enjoy some yummy food, socialise and chat about the importance of following your passions and making the most of your break.

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Trivia night

Date & time: 22 November 2022, 6pm-8pm AEST

Location: RMIT City campus Building 8, level 4, room 13 (Megaflex 3, 008.04.013)

Do you like to meet new people, play interesting games AND win prizes? This is the event for you! Trivia Night is an event to share with your friends or those you wish to beat at trivia!

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Christmas lights walk

Date & time: 8 December November 2022, 6:30pm-8pm AEST

Location: Meet at RMIT City campus Student Connect (Building 8, level 4) 

Socialise and meet other international students while walking around the most vibrant city in Australia to check out the Christmas lights!

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1-on-1 Wellbeing Chats for International Students

Life as an international student can be challenging, sometimes it helps to speak to someone who has been through the same things as you. 

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This initiative is being delivered in partnership with Orygen. Orygen is a youth mental health organisation with expertise in research, policy, education and innovations in care. Since 1984, Orygen has been working side-by-side with young people to reduce the impact that mental ill-health has on young people, their families and society. 

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