Introduction to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Pack

Western Sydney University aims to provide a safe, supportive and healthy environment for all members of our community.

Mental health is everyone's business and we are likely to be affected by mental health changes, concerns or difficulties either personally or professionally through our work and association with students, staff and colleagues.

Achieving and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is important for everyone. The information on this webpage will give you strategies to support yourself and others. You may also download a PDF of the Pack [PDF, 536.36 KB] (opens in a new window).

For more information about these resources or to request a hard copy please email

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorder or disability. It is a "state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community" (World Health Organisation, WHO, 2003).

Wellbeing is a state of mental and physical health characterised by comfort and happiness.

What do we mean by mental health changes?

Mental health changes can occur in stressful times. They can affect the way you think, handle everyday situations, work and they can impact on your relationships.

It is important to be aware of these changes and to get the right support at the right time.

About one in four Australians will experience mental health changes at some time in their lives.

Mental ill-health

A small minority of people may experience mental health changes that may be defined as ill-health. Mental ill-health is defined as the spectrum of experiences that contributes to a compromise of mental wellbeing and can prevent a person from getting on with their life as usual.

Mental ill-health can significantly affect how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with others. It will impact on a person's ability to perform everyday activities like work and study.

When faced with distressing, concerning, disturbing, or aggressive behaviour it is often hard to know how to respond. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Group have developed this booklet so you can respond with greater knowledge and understanding of mental health.

For more information about this pack please contact Student Services on 1300 668 370 or at