WELFARE

Much of the Guild’s strength comes from the diversity of its student body. STAR always has, and always will advocate for the support of every student’s well being. We are dedicated to establishing comprehensive, culturally-sensitive and accessible support services for everyone at UWA.

STAR WILL SUPPORT STUDENTS BY ENSURING EASIER ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND EVENTS ON CAMPUS

One in four young people experience some form of mental illness. This is why it is so important that students seek the appropriate help they need without having to jump through so many hoops!

in 2019 star will:

  • Ensure easier access to current mental health support services by:

    • Transferring the Mental Health Service navigation directory to an interactive “step-by-step” guide to point students towards the most appropriate service for their circumstances.

    • Create a link on LMS for easy access to emergency numbers, support service details and navigation guides to mental health services on campus.

    • Continue to expand the range of “How To” videos and navigation guides on issues such as how to get to places (e.g. Food Pantry), applying for special consideration, and accessing support services.

  • Breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health by:

    • Continuing to facilitate Lived Experience mental health events where individuals can share personal experiences of mental/physical illnesses in a safe and purposeful way.

    • Provide a safe, non-judgmental “de-stress zone” during Welfare Week, study break and exam periods.

    • Continue to support and be involved in national campaigns run by organisations such as Headspace, The Butterfly Foundation, Beyond Blue and SARC.

  • Work to increase support services for students by:

    • Encouraging the University to decrease triage waiting times, and increase accessibility of counselling and psychological services.

    • Lobby for an external support service, like Headspace, to have a permanent location on-campus.

  • Support students’ stress levels and promote positive wellbeing by:

    • Introducing dog walking on campus for stress relief, and promoting appointments with Student Assist’s dog, Emmy.

    • Create a “positivity wall” where students can write positive affirmations and quotes.

    • Display positive affirmations in the Guild Weekly and on University desktop backgrounds, as well as a link to regular “check in with yourself” questionnaires.

    • Include mental health tips, de-stress colouring, and relaxation tips (e.g. how to calm your nerves 5 mins before an exam) in the Guild Diary.

STAR WILL IMPROVE THE GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

STAR knows how important health and well-being initiatives are to every student on campus. These new initiatives aim to promote good health and well-being practices.

in 2019 star will:

  • Empower students to maintain good nutrition by:

    • Creating easy meal guides and recipes for students to learn how to bulk cook on a budget while still eating healthy!

    • Collaborating with clubs to run cooking classes, like a pasta event with the Italian Club or sushi with JapSoc.

    • Collaborate with the Environment Department to make a map of free fresh produce on campus such as fruit trees in Guild Village.

  • Run initiatives that assist students who are in financial need by:

    • Further expanding the Food Pantry to include perishables with the addition of a refrigerator.

    • Establishing a ‘Free Cereal’ station in the Guild.

    • Collaborating with Faculty Societies and Centrelink to run workshops that provide students with financial advice.

    • Establish monthly “Clothes-Swap” meets in collaboration with FABSOC.

  • Raise awareness of self-care for men by:

    • Run a men’s and non-binary night to reduce stigma around male welfare in collaboration with the Women’s Department’s “gals and nb pals” night.

  • Increase the reach and effect of Welfare Week by:

    • Expanding the range of activities across campus to increase accessibility for all students and expand engagement to different areas and times.

    • Transform Reid Library’s Circle Room into a de-stress zone with calming activities and lie-down friendly furniture.

    • Starting a FacSoc Welfare Collective to improve communication and collaboration between the Welfare Department and Faculty Societies.

STAR WILL FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ MENTAL HEALTH

Speaking a different language should not be a barrier in receiving mental health support. So it is important that all students regardless of ethnicity or nationality are educated about mental health and how to seek help when needed.

in 2019 star will:

  • Improve International Students’ accessibility to services by:

    • Translating navigation guides and “How To” videos into various languages, including Mandarin and Tamil.

    • Recreating the International Students Guide book, and increasing its accessibility by distributing it to colleges during Orientation.

  • Raise awareness of mental health to international students by:

    • Working with the International Students Services to run Mental Health education sessions in a way that is culturally sensitive and teaches students that the mind, like any part of the body, can ‘fall sick’.

  • Assist International Students with life in Australia by:

    • Running bilingual cooking classes in collaboration with clubs and societies.

    • Running life-hack workshops with Student Assist during Welfare Week.