University Student Networks
Student Minds @ UNSW
Student Minds @ UNSW is a UNSW Advantage Program that promotes student volunteering and builds peer to peer engagement to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Its objectives are to:
- Increase understanding and knowledge of mental health amongst the student community
- Help spread a positive attitude about mental health and skills that sustain a sense of wellbeing
- Increase early help-seeking behavior amongst students experiencing psychological distress
Active Minds is a USA-based nonprofit organisation that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. “We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.”
The University of the Sunshine Coast has launched the first international chapter of the US/Canada-based mental health support and social group Active Minds.
Nightline UK provides emotional support to students in distress. Nightline’s phones are manned throughout the night during term time when other specialist university welfare services are closed. Now operating at over 40 universities, each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university.
University Student Societies
Most universities have student societies that can be very helpful—for example they may have advocacy services (e.g. LGBTI clubs) as well as common-interest (e.g. sporting groups).
Usually the university organisation responsible for student life or campus involvement (e.g. UNSW Arc) will have information about the student societies operating at your institution.
International Alliance for Assertiveness Ambassadors (IAAA).
The IAAA is an organisation that promotes assertive behaviour, especially in cross-cultural contexts. The IAAA holds meetings and workshops in Sydney.