University staff and students’ health and wellbeing is important as they support the learning of our students and the work performance of our staff. However, more importantly, staff and students who have flourishing wellbeing and good health are generally more satisfied with life, have higher energy levels and deal with life’s challenges better.
So whilst UniSA is committed to providing and maintaining a safe workplace and study environment for our staff, students and other people associated with university business, it also is concerned with enabling an environment that supports our staff and students’ health and wellbeing.
What is health and wellbeing?
An individual’s overall health can be determined by their combined physical and mental health. However, their wellbeing is made up of more than just their physical and mental health.
An individual’s wellbeing is influenced by:
- what they do each day
- the relationships in their life
- their satisfaction with their standard of living
- how they participate in life and deal with life’s challenges
- their health and energy levels
- their involvement with those around them.
The University offers a variety of services and facilities to support the wellbeing of our staff and students.
Despite a person’s mental health being as important as their physical health, it can be challenging for individuals, firstly, to identify that they may have poor mental health and then, secondly, to seek help to get better.
Remember that managing mental health is no different to, and no less important than, managing physical health. Mental wellbeing goes beyond good mental health. It is about enjoying and fully participating in life through meaningful activities and fulfilling relationships. It’s about dealing with life’s challenges effectively and being resilient enough to bounce back when things don’t go well. Mental wellbeing is also about using your abilities and strengths to reach your full potential.
If you are concerned about your mental health, seek help early. Talk to a trusted friend or colleague, or your manager or local human resources professional. Alternatively, contact the University’s free, confidential Employee Assistance Program, Human Psychology.
If you suspect that someone you know has poor mental health, it may be appropriate to ask them, ‘R U Ok’. Alternatively, speak discretely to your manager or local human resources professional about your concerns.
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