Exploring Mental Health in Higher Education

Madeline Neeson
By Madeline Neeson
Exploring Mental Health in Higher Education
The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) together with James Cook University, will host a series of webinars discussing mental health in higher education.

During ‘The Tapestry of Mental Health in Higher Education webinar series, speakers will share mental health research, explore strategies for meaningful action and provide a forum for open discussion and engagement.

Each webinar will focus on a different experience of mental health, ranging from Academic, Student, Professional and Technical Staff as well as Research.

A key issue for the higher education sector

ACAP’s Professor Margaret Anne Carter, who is on the organising committee for the Australasian Mental Health in Higher Education Committee (AMHHEC), said, “This year we have an absolutely great panel, and some really pressing topics to discuss.

“Mental health and wellbeing is a serious issue for us all – not only the higher education sector but for the nation as a whole. We are committed to contributing to promoting sustainable mental health cultures in higher education, working together across government, higher education institutions, health professionals, community, and individuals.

We advocate for institutional led approaches to creating supportive environments for everyone who works and studies in higher education.”

The webinars are organised by the AMHHEC which was established in 2017 in response to the increasing need for action in the area of mental health and wellness in the higher education sector.

In 2020, the AMHHEC group expanded its reach, forming a joint collaboration between James Cook University and ACAP to host a successful webinar in the midst of the COVID pandemic.

Academic experiences

Taking place on July 7, the first webinar in this year’s series will focus on the experiences of academics in higher education, featuring a panel of four guest speakers:

  • Vivienne Browne – Associate Director Government Relations and Policy, Orygen
  • Professor Stephen Naylor – Chair of Academic Board, James Cook University
  • Jeremy Audas – Executive Manager, North Queensland, Richmond Fellowship Queensland
  • Professor Rachel Field – Centre for Professional Legal Education, Bond University
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