By Nicholas Everard
Charles Sturt University residential students are promoting the importance of seeking help for mental health conditions.
Talking Is Totally Fine, or T.I.T.F. is the theme of a brand new initiative designed by students who reside at John Oxley Village, located on Bathurst campus.
The week-long promotion has students devoting their time to normalise the difficult conversations that coincide with mental health.
Student leaders have held free breakfast events, created merchandise and promoted the cause on social media, garnering the attention of the broader Central West community.
Head Resident at John Oxley Village Grace Bickmore-Hutt believes the week is an ideal way to promote mental health awareness for students.
“We are so passionate about the well being of our students and their experiences at university,” she said. “As a team, we identified that mental health in our peers was something that is really important to us as young people.”
“We want to make sure people are talking about their mental well being and that they have a safe environment to do so.”
Ms Bickmore-Hutt and her team have been praised for tackling the tough issue.
“We have had great feedback from people and other residences,” she said.
“Former students from overseas have even been messaging me. It has been taken really well!”
A community connection
The success of T.I.T.F. week has also been recognised by mental health service, Headspace.
According to Community and Youth Engagement Officer at Headspace Bathurst, Karen Golland, T.I.T.F. week is a stroke of genius for young adults.
“What Headspace really sees great benefit in is messaging that comes from young people. It’s a campaign that’s designed by young people to speak to young people,” she said.
Ms Golland believes a relationship between residential students and Headspace is vital in order for students to seek support.
“I guess Headspace coming along and being involved is that link with one of the many local services that young people can get in touch in if they want to see professional support.”
“It’s really important because talking is totally fine.”
Talking is totally fine
University can be a difficult time for many school leavers. The combined pressure of study, moving away from home and finding work can often instigate anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, the stigma of avoiding mental health conversations have resulted in the facts about mental health remaining unknown.
For support, you can contact Headspace here.