The Good Vibes Experiment is a campaign led by students at Flinders University. The campaign encourages us all to experiment with adding wellbeing-focused activities to our everyday lives. It isn’t about pretending to be happy. It’s about developing the knowledge and skills necessary to improve, sustain, repair or strengthen mental health.
The campaign is based on a core set of 20 evidence-based wellbeing tactics you can experiment with. They’re like taste-testers – if you like one, then you can keep going with it, or experiment with it further. If you don’t like one, that’s okay too – the point is to give it a go. And if you ever find yourself struggling, remember support is available.
We’ve made an activity book for you to explore and if you want to learn more. There’s more than one way to improve your mental health, we’ve made a stack for you try!
This activity book is both an educational tool, in which we share with you some of the science of improving your mental health, and a personal reflective tool (like a journal) in which you can take legitimate steps in investing in your mental health.
You can flip to any page in this book and there will be a unique exercise or experiment for you to try. Some of them are just for fun and to relax, while others are challenges to question your way of thinking, your habits, your priorities, etc.
If you would like to start the process of learning about the 20 tactics designed to help you improve, sustain, repair or strengthen your mental health, you can read the brief descriptions below.
Wondering how to incorporate Good Vibes Experiment principles into your everyday life? In this 3-part video series, Dr Gareth Furber from Oasis talks about how to develop a Good Vibes Plan – a strategy for sustaining and growing your mental health.
Visit the support and services directory to view the extensive range of free support services available at Flinders to support your mental, cultural, physical and emotional wellbeing.
There are also a number of community and online services that you can access.
You aren’t just limited to accessing services within Flinders University. There are hundreds of different services in the community that assist with all types of issues. Some starting points in terms of mental health include:
In terms of other community-based services, we recommend familiarising yourself with a couple of the community service directories, that is, catalogues of services for different issues.
One of our favourites is Ask Izzy – works well on mobile devices and documents a huge range of services.
Another good one is Affordable SA - which has a helpline you can ring (1800 025 539).
Finally, you can try the SA Directory of Community Services which have a huge catalogue of services, but not all are in the health and welfare space.
We’re lucky to have lots of excellent online mental health programs and services.
These are particularly useful for people who want to learn more about mental health and get some therapeutic support but aren’t quite ready yet to visit a professional face-to-face.
There are two good entry points into discovering the best online mental health focused services and resources.
Head to Health is a government created portal to finding mental health resources from trusted service providers. The site isn’t just designed to provide links to services and resources, there are educational materials on there as well so you can learn more about mental health and wellbeing.
Another excellent site is eMHprac who have compiled a list of “Australian online and teleweb programs, all of which have been developed by credible sources, such as the Australian Government, universities, and national non-government organisations. This includes apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources. Check out the directory.
Flinders University have waived copyright over the Good Vibes Experiment materials to ensure they are freely available to all universities and other organisations across Australia and internationally. To access the digital and physical assets, including the files for the activity book, posters, enamel pins, t-shirts and other promotional items, please click here.
Read the media release.
The Good Vibes Experiment (GVE) is a campaign developed by Flinders University students, Flinders University Student Association (FUSA), Health, Counselling and Disability Services, Oasis, and Student Experience. If you’d like to reach out to the GVE team, please email using the address below.
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