If there’s anything the last couple of years has taught us, it’s important for people in the arts community to look after their mental health. So this Mental Health Week, we wanted to make sure you’re caring for yourself with a few tips, tricks, and just some feel-good moments — here's what went down.
DAY 1: HEALTHY EATING
It may seem hard to be healthy on a budget, but there's a ton of recipes out there that are both cheap and quick to make in a pinch. It's important to break up the Mi Goreng days with the salad days, so we put together Five Healthy Recipes That Won't Hurt Your Wallet and set up a healthy breakfast of yoghurt, muesli, and fruit for students across all campuses.
DAY 2: GET MOVING
The second day of Mental Health Week was all about getting your blood pumping. Dancer Keely Wins gave us a lesson in grooving at the Wellington St campus, as both staff and students took a break from their laptops to shimmy along to 80s bangers. Would rather just exercise at home? We also found Five Exercise Videos You Can Easily Follow At Home, from yoga to jump rope.
DAY 3: ANIMALS GALORE
Being around an animal, or even just watching a silly video of one, can make your day just that tiny bit brighter. We investigated How Pets Boost Your Mental Health, and invited students to take a day trip to the Collingwood Children's Farm for a lot of lamb patting, guinea pig cuddling, and constant "aww"-ing (if you missed out, you can go for free before the end of today with your Collarts student card!).
DAY 4: MINDFULNESS
It's not just a buzzword: mindfulness is a real process you can practice to relax your mind and cope with the tough times. Audio Engineering sessional Dan Murtagh created some meditative nature sounds to play across all campuses, and we introduced the Collarts Student Support Team who can help you with both student problems and life itself.
DAY 5: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Did you know laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, and diminish pain? Our Head of Comedy Andrea Powell knows the power of laughter more than anyone, and she shared her favourite Places In Melbourne To Experience Free Comedy if you're ever looking to transform a boring night into a fun one.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890