Anxiety Forum

Join us on 15 October for our inaugural Understanding Anxiety Forum

Anxiety is currently one the most common mental health conditions in Australia, affecting 1 in 4 people; 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men. Studies have shown that in a 12-month period, 14% of Australians (approximately 3.4 million) experience anxiety. In a recent student survey conducted by headspace, 79% of tertiary students around the country reported experiencing anxiousness in the past 12 months.

As part of the activations for 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing month at Western, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team is hosting our first Understanding Anxiety Forum in collaboration with WayAhead, Mental Health Association NSW.

WayAhead delivers anxiety forums across NSW to increase community understanding of anxiety and other mental health and wellbeing issues.

What is the Western Anxiety Forum?

The forum has been tailored for the Western Sydney University community. In addition to supporting mental health literacy and normalising conversations on wellbeing in our community, the Forum aims to further reduce the stigma associated with help seeking by supporting mental health service literacy.

Partnering with WayAhead and other internal and local mental health service providers, like headspace Parramatta, the Forum will provide useful information on services that build our capacity to help seek, both for ourselves and in support of others.

We are excited to be able to bring this opportunity to our students and staff, hoping that the event will both educate and increase awareness of anxiety as a mental disorder; providing attendees with the necessary tools to be advocates for themselves and their peers. Previous feedback from community forums suggests that attendees find the program useful in terms of both learning and application.

Anxiety Forum at Western

The Program for the morning will include an hour presentation by our key speaker, Rocco Crino. Rocco is a senior Clinical Psychologist and has been involved in the research and treatment of Anxiety Disorders for 40 years. He is a past Director of the Anxiety Disorders Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and has held senior clinical positions in other NSW Clinics and Hospitals. Rocco will provide an overview of common anxiety disorders, including obsessive anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalise anxiety disorders.

Following the key speakers address, our three guest speakers, including a young person with a lived experience of anxiety, will discuss the impacts on anxiety and the support available to young people at Western and in our local communities.

Post the Forum, networking opportunities will be supported with a light lunch and stalls from Western Sydney University Student Services, headspace Parramatta, Lifeline Macarthur and WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW.

Places are strictly limited. Please consider peers and only register if you can attend.

Forum Details

Location:           Western Sydney University -  Parramatta South Campus.

Building:            Female Orphan School

Date:                  15th of October 2018

Time:                  10:00am to 12:30pm

Register Now:

Please use the password MHWB to register. 


  • For more information on WayAhead and their Anxiety Forums please visit, WayAhead
  • For more information on Anxiety and the effects on young people, please visit headspace
  • To learn more about Free, confidential counselling available to all students, please visit the Counselling Service webpage or call 1300 668 370 to make an appointment
  • To learn more about the Employee Assistance Program, please visit EAP
  • For more information on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Month activations at Western, please contact Rowena Saheb, Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Coordinator or Andrea Earl, Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Assistant.
  • For more information on student facing health promotion initiatives on campus please join our students Facebook page: Western Sydney U – Mental Health and Wellbeing