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As the national university, we support communities to flourish through transformational research and education. Our research in psychological science helps advance the understanding of human motivation, experience and behaviour, and how these insights can be applied to improve people's lives.

These resources have been developed by the Culture and Wellbeing Team, led by Associate Dean and Clinical Psychologist, Bruce Christensen. They provide evidence-based approaches and offer practical tips and exercises to support wellbeing and mental health. 

Our university supports student success. Here you will find a number of initiatives, programs and resources that will support your physical, social, spiritual and mental health to help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your studies. Explore further information on helping our students to stay safe and secure on campus.


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Mind Seeds Podcast: Episode 4 - Self compassion and how we treat ourselves matters

Uncover ways to be self-compassionate and compassionate towards others.

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Mind Seeds Podcast: Episode 5 - Managing the challenges of uncertainty

Explore ways to manage the challenges of uncertainty.


Mind Seeds Podcast: Episode 6 - How connecting with our values can help in times of change

Values and meaning can help us cope with change and uncertainty.

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Mind Seeds Podcast: Episode 7 - Building social cohesion in our communities

An important part of coping with stress and well-being concerns our connections to others.



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Mind Seeds helping communities to flourish

The Mind Seeds program is flourishing with a series of animated videos to help people think flexibly, and to practice self-compassion and mindfulness.

Media release

New mental health treatment withstands lockdown isolation

Experts say a new treatment option for young people with depression and loneliness is showing promising benefits, especially during COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Insights from young people are key to designing engaging mental health services

ANU Researchers are involving young people with a lived experience of mental ill-health in an effort to ensure more meaningful engagement with mental health services.

Analysis and opinion

Feeling the winter blues? You’re not alone

A combination of reduced sunlight and colder temperatures can lead most of us into a winter hibernation. And whilst that is great for bears, it is not so great for humans.

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Planting seeds for better mental health with new podcast series

Can you learn to manage stress and uncertainty? Absolutely – according to Bruce Christensen, Associate Dean for Culture and Wellbeing.

Dr Georgia Pike-Rowney


Social singing lifts dementia blues

A therapeutic music outreach program is improving the mental health and wellbeing of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Rosemary Clifford

Analysis and opinion

‘I think I might be struggling’: how an eating disorder took over Rosemary’s life

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year, Rosemary Clifford, shares with us her mental health journey.

Stephanie Bazley