The ACU Student Mental Health Strategy and Implementation Plan was developed in response to the increasing prevalence and complexity of mental health difficulties among university students. These difficulties can significantly impact students and their capacity to study and succeed at ACU.
Our strategy takes a whole-of-university approach to improving student mental health and addressing the risk factors. It outlines our commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive environment that actively promotes positive mental health and wellbeing across the university.
We have identified four strategic objectives for the Student Mental Health Strategy and Implementation Plan.
Our policies and procedures are student-centred and provide appropriate interventions when students are at risk of self-harm or harm to others.
Workshops, training programs and online resources for students and staff will be made available to increase mental health awareness.
Curriculum design and best practice teaching strategies will promote an inclusive environment and enhance student wellbeing.
Students are given opportunities to develop a sense of belonging to their campus and build connections.
Students with temporary or ongoing mental health conditions or in identified high
risk groups will be offered targeted programs and support. Staff will be made aware of these support services.
Early identification of deteriorating mental health will be met with appropriate interventions.
A Critical Incident Management Framework directs staff on how to respond in crisis situations, including incidents of self-harm or harm to others.
For more information, download the ACU Student Mental Health Strategy and Implementation Plan.