Mental Health Week activities help ECU Joondalup students chill out

Mental Health Week activities help ECU Joondalup students chill out
Mental Health Week activities help ECU Joondalup students chill out

STUDENTS cuddled puppies, played games and chilled out as part of Mental Health Week celebrations at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup last week.

Occupational therapy students held a range of activities designed to promote mental health awareness and social engagement.

Course co-ordinator Helen McDonald said the annual event aimed to help students feel less isolated.

“We’re trying to get people engaged and having a conversation about it,” she said.

“We know WA’s suicide rate is increasing and we know a lot of our students are suffering anxiety and depression.”

She said the activities helped to foster conversations while participating in a fun, social pursuit.

“We’re getting people to do something rather than just talking,” she said.

“They’re doing something rather than just feeling miserable and anxious.”

Students saw it as a way of promoting occupational therapy, which they said was about the mind as well as the body.

The event featured a sausage sizzle, chill out zone, gardening area, games and greyhounds from Greyhounds Adoptions WA.

The university wellbeing unit also hosted several puppies for students to pet.