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.
- To raise awareness and promote positive mental health among ACU students.
- To reduce any stigma associated with mental health conditions by enhancing mental health literacy among ACU students and staff.
- To facilitate a whole-of-university approach to supporting students with mental health difficulties, giving them the best opportunities to continue and succeed in their studies.
- To promote the wellbeing of all students by establishing sustainable preventative programs, particularly targeting students who are at greater risk of experiencing mental health conditions or difficulties.
Delivering the Mental Health Framework
Accessible and inclusive policies and procedures
Our policies and procedures are student-centred and provide appropriate interventions when students are at risk of self-harm or harm to others.
University-wide mental health literacy
Workshops, training programs and online resources for students and staff will be made available to increase mental health awareness.
Learning and teaching environment built on inclusive practices
Curriculum design and best practice teaching strategies will promote an inclusive environment and enhance student wellbeing.
Supportive campus community
Students are given opportunities to develop a sense of belonging to their campus and build connections.
Accessible support services
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.
Effective early identification and response
Early identification of deteriorating mental health will be met with appropriate interventions.
Coordinated crisis management
A Critical Incident Management Framework directs staff on how to respond in crisis situations, including incidents of self-harm or harm to others.
Explore the strategy
For more information, download the ACU Student Mental Health Strategy and Implementation Plan.
Download strategy (PDF, 2.8MB)