Griffith University students in Australia have addressed the complex issue of mental health in a vital project to increase awareness of the university’s mental health services and support for students.
More than 60 students from Service Learning’s Community Internship course worked collaboratively on the project, generating positive solutions aimed at encouraging fellow students to utilise the many existing mental health services on offer.
To implement this goal, the project applied a peer to peer ‘for students, by students’ approach to create a personable way to connect students to existing resources.
Project Leader Madi Wheeler said the project had taken five weeks to complete but showed a lot of promise.
“We think the project would be successful if implemented,” Madi said.
The project is part of Service Learning’s larger Social Impact Project, which aims to address five social justice issues faced by vulnerable communities.
They also include homelessness, digital inclusion, empowering people of all abilities, and environment and sustainability.
The next stage in the Mental Health Project is for individual project teams to work together on making improvements and implementing feedback from Mental Health First Aid partners.