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Your Mental Health checklist

Navigating university life, maintaining friendships and even simple everyday tasks can be overwhelming if you're not mentally healthy

During October's Mental Health Month, we are encouraging everyone to make their mental health a priority by sharing the University's resources. There's always help available to support you, no matter what you are going through.

The checklist:

Talk to a friend or family member

Open up to your networks and share what’s happening in your life

Chat to a professional

Know when it's time to talk to a professional about what's happening in your world. headspace services at the Brain and Mind Centre are available to provide professional counselling and support

Don’t forget to look out for your friends

If one of your friends hasn’t been acting like themselves in a while, let them know you are there for them

Take care of your health

So much of mental health is connected to physical health. Get enough sleep, make smart food choices and exercise regularly

Make time for things you love 

Put aside time to do the activities that make you feel good. Whether it's a sport or something artistic, indoors or outdoors, doing the things that you love makes a big difference to your overall health

We’re here to help

At the University of Sydney there are lots of places where you can find help. Whether you’re feeling the pressure of exams or experiencing other personal issues, support is available for you both on and off campus.

The Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney is working to transform the mental health care of young people. We partner with health services to develop innovative treatments for those aged 12-25 with emerging mental health disorders. The Brain and Mind Centre works closely with the wider University to support mental health across campus.

“Mental health is one of the most common problems that any of us will face. 1 in 4 Australians will actually face a major mental health problem in their life. The more we study young people, the more we realise these problems come on when you’re young, so 75% of mental health problems start before the age of 25, and about half before the age of 15,” says Professor Ian Hickie, Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre.

“We are providing effective treatments so we can make sure people live their most effective lives.”

Suicidal behaviour is a major contributor to death and disability amongst young people with 3-5% of people attempting suicide during their life. The Brain and Mind Centre has youth mental health clinic, headspace, that has already supported more than 250,000 young people in need of help. One of those people is Emerald, who is now 19 and in a much better place.

“I think I can say with confidence, that I wouldn’t have gotten to the point where I am now without headspace,” she says. “I know if I am in a crisis or whatever, I can go there and get some help.”

 

Mental Health and Higher Education

The headspace story - Ian Hickie

Other support services

What is mental health?

Mental health is our ability to think, feel and behave in a way that helps us to perform at our best – in our personal lives with family and friends, at university, at work and in the community.

Resources:

Making your mental health a priority

Understanding depression

Managing anxiety

What are Suicidal thoughts and how to manage them

 

 

Mental health is one of the most common problems that any of us will face
Professor Ian Hickie, Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre

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