We’ve created a new Facebook group, so you can keep connected, share your stories and help to spread kindness at RMIT. 

We are in this together

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, study and work. Now, more than ever, we need to look after our mental health and stay connected. To do this we’ve created a new space to bring #RMITtogether.

Stay connected

In our RMIT Together Facebook group, we want you to:

  • Share your voice
  • Spread kindness
  • Show your support
  • Participate for a chance to win

Not on Facebook?

It’s OK, join us on our other RMIT socials.


Protect your wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is proven model for boosting and protecting your wellbeing. Taking actions in each area can help with finding balance, building resilience and boosting your mental health and wellbeing. Experiment with what works for you.

1. Connect

This works because: 

Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others is critical to boosting wellbeing. 

Ideas for taking action: 

  • Haven’t seen a friend in a while? Call or text them to see what they are up to.
  • Reach out to a neighbour or classmate and ask them how they are going. 
  • Join a group that shares your interests e.g. a club, online fitness class or social media group.

2. Be Active

Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.

This works because:

Being physically active improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.

Ideas for taking action:

  • Try an online fitness or dance class .
  • Get your running shoes out and see how far you can go. 
  • Walk somewhere you would normally drive.

3. Take notice

Remember the simple things that give you joy.

This works because:

Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.

Ideas for taking action:

  • Ask yourself what you are grateful for or what made you smile today.
  • Notice how you are sleeping. Try not to turn on the TV or take your device to bed. 
  • Take notice of the changing seasons and get busy in the garden.

4. Keep learning

Embrace new experiences, see new opportunities, surprise yourself

This works because:

Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life more generally positively stimulates the brain.

Ideas for taking action:

  • Talk to your relatives or Elders and find out more about their story. 
  • Watch an interesting documentary or listen to a podcast.
  • Learn a new recipe.

5. Give

Your time, your words, your presence.

This works because:

Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.

Ideas for taking action:

  • Say, “Good on ya mate” or Noon gudgin (Thank-you). It only takes a second, but it can make someone’s day.
  • Cook your partner or housemate a surprise dinner. 
  • Give your time or your skills by volunteering. 

Reach out for support

It’s OK to not be OK, but you don’t have to go it alone. Find information and support services for what you need. 

 

Ask Dr Bronwyn

Have a wellbeing question you'd like to ask anonymously*? Our resident psychologist can answer it in her weekly live session on Facebook.

* We won't share your details. We will only contact you via your email address if we consider you are at risk of harm.

Dr Bronwyn answers student wellbeing questions on RMIT Together Facebook every Thursday at 3pm. 

For urgent 24/7 crisis support call 1300 305 737

RMIT Wellbeing clinical psychologist Dr Bronwyn Gresham
RMIT Wellbeing clinical psychologist Dr Bronwyn Gresham

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