Health and wellbeing
Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to support someone developing, or with, a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. This course covers understanding the nature of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and psychosis; recognising signs and symptoms of common mental health problems; responding appropriately to a mental health crisis; and promoting and assisting others to access support in the community.
Complete the accredited training via a 12-hour face-to-face course or with the combination of online learning and a half-day workshop.
Mental Health Awareness and Resilience Workshop
This workshop contains two modules: Mental Health Awareness, and Staying Well While Studying.
Module 1 looks at common mental health problems in Australia, and provides information about services on and off campus.
Module 2 discusses the importance of wellbeing while studying, and identifies practical strategies to cope with study-related stress and improve wellbeing.
Request a Mental Health Awareness Workshop for your group.
Step Up Bystander Training
This workshop explores the importance of being an ethical bystander to create a safe and supportive UWA community. The practical 2.5-hour session will:
- cover the reasons why we often don't intervene in problem situations to support others
- explore the pros and cons of helping
- explore the practical use of the Step Up Action Plan to safely help others or call out disrespectful behaviour
If you would like to attend a session, express your interest via the following form:
Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Harm
This program will help you to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to help someone who has experienced sexual harm. The session is aimed at Student Leaders, UniMentors and Ambassadors but all students are welcome. By the end of the session you will:
- Know the prevalence of sexual harm in the university setting
- Understand the impact of sexual harm and why it may be difficult for victim/survivors to seek help
- Know how to respond to a disclosure with support and respect if someone confides in you
- Identify key services at UWA and externally for victim/survivors
- Describe how to look after yourself as a first responder.
Brief Alcohol Intervention Training
Available to Peer Educators, this course teaches you how to provide alcohol assessments, feedback and advice to your peers.
During the four-hour course, you’ll learn how to conduct individual face-to-face interventions using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and motivational interviewing principles.
This training provides the skills to support others to set goals for changing their drinking. Training sessions are conducted twice a year, usually during semester breaks.
For more information on alcohol consumption, see Need help?
Become a Peer Educator
Our volunteer Peer Educators are vital in sharing how to live a healthy life, whether it’s advice on alcohol intake, mental health, sexual health or having healthy relationships. If you’re looking to put your existing skills into practice or try something new, volunteering as a Peer Educator helps you gain first-hand experience working on projects and programs in the community health and wellbeing space.
- Gain knowledge and skills in health and wellbeing topics.
- Network with like-minded students and make new friends.
- Get a competitive edge for your future.
- Volunteering adds to your résumé and experience.
- All volunteer hours are transcript-recognised.
- Have the satisfaction that your work has contributed to the overall health of UWA students and members of the wider UWA community.
What we do
Volunteer Peer Educators deliver outreach in areas relating to alcohol, mental health, and healthy relationships. Some of the things we do:
- Brief Alcohol Interventions
- Goodnight, Poor Sleep (Brief Sleep Interventions)
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing
- Consent and Healthy Relationships
How much time do I have to contribute?
How often you can volunteer is up to you. Commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis or participate in one-off activities and events around campus throughout the year.
Will I get training?
Yes. Our volunteers are provided with training and support to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to contribute to projects.
When is training held?
Peer Educator training is run twice a year and prepares new volunteers to deliver activities around alcohol, mental health, sexual health and healthy relationships.
What is involved?
Most Peer Educators volunteer at outreach events on campus and at the residential colleges throughout semester. At these events, you might provide alcohol education or information about healthy relationships. Office-based opportunities are also available to help plan and evaluate health promotion programs.
Lived Experience Project
The Lived Experience Project sees volunteers share their lived experiences of mental illness and personal challenges with other students in a safe and supportive way. In this project, you’ll receive training to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in sharing your personal stories safely. Volunteers are also provided with additional support and recognition on their academic transcript for contributions made to the project.
Trained speakers are invited to share their stories at forums such as Mental Health First Aid Training, Mental Health Awareness Workshops or other awareness events around campus.
Before joining the Lived Experience Project, you’ll need to discuss your readiness to share your experiences with a health professional. For more information about the project, contact the Health Promotion team.
Support for clubs and societies
UWA Local Drug Action Group
The UWA Local Drug Action Group (LDAG) consists of students and staff who work to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and programs that are relevant to the University community and are aimed at minimising the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs.
If you would like to learn more about the UWA LDAG, email the Health Promotion team.
Learn more about LDAG Inc. in WA.
STRIVE Project Grants
The UWA LDAG provides STRIVE Project Grants for students to undertake activities that prevent and/or reduce hazardous and harmful alcohol and other drug use in the community.
Apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to support projects that target young adults, parents and families, or the community.
Previous successful applications have included the UWA Student Guild (Chill Out Zone furniture), the School of Indigenous Studies (sporting uniforms), Brief Alcohol Intervention program boxes for colleges, and Trinity College for a Harm Minimisation project. If you have a great idea, get in touch with us to see if you meet the requirements.
All applications must be supported by the UWA LDAG Committee and minuted at a bi-monthly meeting prior to submission.
STRIVE Project Application 2021-2022 [DOC, 592KB]
STRIVE dates 2021-2022 [PDF, 316KB]
STRIVE Timeline [PDF, 336KB]
College Row Local Drug Action Team
The College Row Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) was created and funded in 2019. Our members include representatives from the five Residential Colleges on College Row (St Catherine’s College, Trinity Residential College, University Hall, St Thomas More College and St Georges Residential College), the Health Promotion Unit and the UWA LDAG.
Each year the College Row LDAT receives funding for projects that benefit the University community.
2019 Community Action Plan 1: College Row Event Management Toolkit
2020 Community Action Plan 2: Brief Sleep Intervention project (Goodnight, Poor Sleep) partnering with the UWA School of Psychological Science
2021 Community Action Plan 3: Building Volunteer Workforce Capacity: Peer Leader. For this project we received funding to employ a student as a Peer Leader to run all the Peer Educator outreach activities at UWA and across College Row.
The LDAT program is funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.