Student e-help for e-mental health

12 February 2014

The Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) is looking to recruit students to help them shape a new online campus mental health support service.

The uniVirtual Clinic student leadership group will help provide feedback into the types of services students would like in the online space.

A recruitment drive for students will begin on Wednesday 12 February as part of O-Week festivities, and expressions of interest will remain open until Friday 28 February.

The Virtual Clinic's Project Manager Lou Farrer says they're looking for students who are keen to make a contribution to an innovative, ANU-focused mental health initiative.  They are also looking for student diversity.

"So that might be international students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTI students and students with a disability, among others," she says.

It's hoped the uniVirtual Clinic, when it is up and running, will be sensitive and responsive to the needs of a wide variety of students.

"The purpose of this student leadership group is to be able to go to them and test out ideas when we're creating content for the uniVirtual Clinic, and when we're also trying to design ways to evaluate the clinic once it's built," Farrer says.

Members of the student leadership group will meet face-to-face , but Farrer says a lot of interaction may be done via email or over the internet.

"So we'll get them to engage in online discussion forums and we might send things out to the group for input via email or maybe a Facebook group," she says.

Students between the ages of 18 and 25 are encouraged to apply to be a part of the student group. To apply, head to the Virtual Clinic website or contact Dr Lou Farrer

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