Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy
At Monash, your mental health matters to us. We are committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff in support of a healthy University community.
We recognise many factors and influences in achieving good mental health. We provide many ways in which you can be educated on the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and develop strategies to enhance your individual and our collective wellbeing.
Building on decades of practice, our Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy empowers you to lead a life of sound psychological and emotional health.
When we are all equipped to thrive, we can create lasting impact together. Our approach to mental health and wellbeing has support across the entire University, endorsed by our executive sponsors at the highest levels.
Professor David Copolov AO
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement)
Professor Susan Elliott AM
Provost and Senior Vice-President
Mr Vladimir Prpich
Executive Director, Campus Community Division
The Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy is underpinned by data, evidence, and evaluation. Multiple stakeholders across the University play a part. The success of these efforts depend on the quality of student and staff experience, as well as student retention.
We have well-established processes to respond to acute mental distress crises. Across the University, multiple stakeholders including our health services, security, Monash Residential Services, and Safer Community Unit are involved in crisis response.
- Engaging mental health nurses and providing support for students living on-campus
We have strong links with local community mental health services and specialist services for more complex cases. We've introduced a number of specialist support services, such as Medicare-funded psychiatrists and psychologists and SECASA sexual assault trauma specialist counselling. Mental health first aid nurses provide support in the development of safety and support plans for students experiencing crises living on-campus.
- Introducing Link Drug and Alcohol Counselling service
- Introducing Eastern Domestic Violence service
- Expanding triage nurse model to Caulfield campus
Students can receive free face-to-face counselling services from qualified psychologists and psychiatrists at all campuses, and online counselling at Australian campuses. Some faculties offer face-to-face counselling to students and training for staff.
Staff can receive free counselling (up to three sessions), 24-hour telephone counselling, and other support provided through the Employee Assistance Program (six sessions). After-hours counselling appointments are also available.
Students with a disability, medical, or mental health condition also receive assistance to help them participate productively and independently in their studies.
- Strengthening evaluation systems within counselling services
- Strengthening the cultural and linguistic capability of counselling services
- Investigating the provision of faculty-based counselling support
- Reviewing Employee Assistance Provider
We deliver a suite of mental health programs to educate students and staff about common mental health issues, and how to support others going through a difficult time. These programs range from online training such as Stress Management modules, to workshops such as Mental Health First Aid and SafeTalk Suicide prevention, and campaigns such as RUOK? Day.
- Expanding mental health literacy training
The Mental Health Policy informs how we deliver mental health services at Monash. In designing other relevant policies, procedures, and practices, we seek to ensure all work together to promote a culture of positive mental health outcomes.
- Refreshing the University-wide mental health strategy
- Facilitating the partnerships for the university-wide Student Mental Health forum
- Strengthening partnership arrangements for staff wellbeing programs
- Scoping a longitudinal health promotion project exploring the impact of the Monash experience
- Reviewing examination, assessment and special consideration policies to align with Mental Health policy documents
- Reviewing communications approach for mental health services and wellbeing initiatives