The University of Melbourne participated in the first annual Australia and New Zealand University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day on 8 October. Parkville saw a group of over 40 staff and students participate in a flash mob dance routine to the tune of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams at various locations across campus.
Over 30 universities around Australia participated in this campaign, despite 2014 being its inaugural year. While the University of Melbourne organised a flash mob, other universities participated by holding walks, BBQs and forums. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues faced by those who work or study in higher education. More specifically, this year the campaign was aimed at promoting five steps to wellbeing recommended by the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation. These aims are:
- Be Active
- Take Notice
- Keep Learning
The University of Melbourne’s participation in the campaign was organised by Wellness@Melbourne, which is part of the Student Health and Wellbeing. They were happy with the turnout and believed it to be a successful event. Members of the flash mob emerged smiling and reflective of the message they were trying to get across.