‘Project Mind’ is a program where UNSW students create and implement initiatives to support student health and wellbeing.
Over the course of 8 weeks, groups of students will engage in a series of workshops, designed to increase their skills and knowledge in mental health literacy, equity, diversity & inclusion and end-to-end project management. These weekly workshops will culminate in a final pitch night where each group will receive the opportunity to present their idea in front of a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders. Groups with the most feasible and impactful ideas will have the opportunity to implement their projects during Mental Health Awareness Month in October and win cash prizes.
Why should we care about mental health?
Studying at university is often a time where people grow and learn more about themselves, but when it comes to mental health it's often only thought of until it becomes a problem. Many students will face challenges throughout their studies, yet few seek the support they need.
It's estimated that ¼ young people experience a mental health condition. It has been identified that university students who suffer from ill mental health also experience a significant impact on their academic performance, their ability to build strong relationships and their overall physical and mental wellbeing. That is why building mental health awareness within universities, and ensuring our UNSW community have the skills and access to support they need to handle life's challenges and is vital to our students future success.
The University of New South Wales is a diverse place made up of people from various communities, cultures and ethnicities with different gender identities, sexual orientations, dis/abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. With existing stigma around mental health preventing many from accessing support or building their health literacy, it is essential for universities to prioritise creating resources to ensure the wellbeing of their students and reduce the stigma around mental health.
2023 Project Theme: The ‘ME’ in mental health
This years Project Mind theme asks students to create and implement an initiative to encourage students to improve their mental health literacy and reduce the stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing.
The core aims of this initiative:
Raise awareness of mental health, the importance of help seeking and health literacy
To educate students on evidence-based interventions
To foster the development of critical thinking skills
To equip students with practical, transferable skills (such as proposal writing, pitch delivery, project monitoring and evaluation)
To empower students by giving them the necessary tools to create a tangible impact within their community
What can students expect to gain from the program?
Workshops will be led by industry professionals, as well as members of UNSW Student Minds and PsychSoc who will brief students on pre-existing initiatives available at UNSW, teach them how to write a proposal and deliver an effective pitch. Experienced mentors will also guide students to refine their ideas for the duration of the program. Additionally, students will receive the opportunity to meet, learn and work with other individuals who also possess an interest in enhancing health and wellbeing within the UNSW community.
What is involved?
Term 2 Week 1
Thur 1 June 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Project Mind timeline overview
Training Workshops & mentor sessions
Term 2 Week 2
Tues 6 Jun 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Workshop 1 – Foundations of mental health
Term 2 Week 2
Thur 8 Jun 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Workshop 2 - Project management, entrepreneurialism, design thinking
Term 2 Week 3
Thur 15 Jun 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Mentor session 1 – Meet your mentors
Product Development and Mentoring
Term 2 Week 4
Thur 22 Jun 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Workshop 3 – My mental health journey
Term 2 Week 5
Thur 29 Jun 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Workshop 4 – Project Management, communication and perfecting pitch
Term 2 Week 6
Thur 6 Jul 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Mentoring session 2- catch-up meeting
Term 2 Week 7
Thur 13 Jul 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Pitch Heats
Term 2 Week 8
Thur 20 Jul 2023 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Pitch Finals
How to Apply?
Application for Project Mind 2023 are now open. To apply for the program, click the button below and complete the registration form
Entries Close 29 May 2023
Can I form my own group, or will I be assigned to one? Yes you can sign up individually or as a team. If you join as a team please note that other members of your team should also register via the EOI form.
Groups will be composed of students from across UNSW. Working with students from different educational backgrounds and diverse skill sets will help you as you evaluate your project. Working with students from all backgrounds will also help the professional development of your people skills.
Do I have to be a UNSW student to get involved? Yes, you MUST be a UNSW student, but this program is open to students from any faculty (i.e. you do not have to be a psychology student to get involved). All postgraduate and undergraduate students are welcome, and all domestic and international students can apply.
Do I need to know a lot about mental health? There is no requirement that you have an extensive understanding of mental health. We are merely looking for open-minded individuals who have an interest in improving the mental health and wellbeing of students on campus.
Do I have to have an existing project or idea in mind? No, but it is desirable if you can start thinking about what you would like to achieve through this project.
What if I cannot attend all the workshops? These workshops are designed to provide you with the resources and tools necessary to develop your ideas, therefore they are highly recommended. However, we understand that there may be instances where you are unable to attend due to other commitments. In this case, students can catch-up and work with other team members in their own time, however we note that your team would most likely be at a disadvantage if members fail to attend workshops.
Do I need to do an interview to get in? There is no interview process, however we will be screening all responses to the Expression of Interest forms to gauge whether you will be a suitable candidate for this program.
When will I know if I have been accepted to the program? Your place in the program will be confirmed approximately a week after the EOI closes.
I'm overseas, can I still apply? Anyone enrolled at UNSW can apply, even if you are not in Australia. Workshops will happen on campus but will be available to join remotely, if required.
I was involved in 2021, can I apply again? Yes, you are welcome to re-enter the program this year. As we have a new theme this year you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, while putting your previous experience to good use.
Project Mind Partners:
UNSW Health Promotions Unit is proud to have UNSW Founders as a workshop host for this years Project Mind. UNSW Founders is Australia’s most comprehensive university-based program dedicated to supporting people to pursue entrepreneurial careers and launch startups.
Student Minds is the student voice on mental health at UNSW. We aim to open minds, create understanding and connect students with the resources they need to thrive. Through our initiatives, we aim to raise awareness for mental health while reducing the stigma around accessing health services.
UNSW PsychSoc aims to foster Psychology students’ personal growth and support their academic and professional ambitions. Although our society primarily focuses on improving university life for Psychology students, our values are also founded on inclusivity which means building a community that extends beyond just a degree.