The University recognises that members of the campus community with good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the normal stresses of work and study, can maintain healthy relationships and are better able to contribute to the campus community professionally and personally. UWA is committed to providing a safe, respectful workplace that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health issues can affect anyone. 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year; and 45% at some time in their life.
The University fosters an equitable and diverse campus community where inclusiveness is embedded within its culture and all people are treated fairly, sensitively and with respect. It is the University's aim to:
- recognise the needs of those who are currently well by offering opportunities for education and skills development;
- support those at risk of developing a mental health issue or illness through the timely use of education and support strategies; and
- assist those who are experiencing a mental health issue or illness as well as those who are supporting students, colleagues and/or peers experiencing a mental health problem.
This is formalised through the University's Mental Health Policy.
View the Vice-Chancellor's address on mental health, or access the transcript.