I am a Be Well Plan trainer. In fact, there are a few of us trainers here at the University!
For the last couple of years I have had the pleasure and honour to be able to train 100+ students in this innovative mental health and wellbeing program.
I talk about it a lot in my work, so I thought it was about time that I provide a written description of the program for those who want to learn more about it. You’ll also find details on how to do the program here at Flinders in this post.
The Be Well Plan
The Be Well Plan is an interactive program in which we will teach you how to build a tailored wellbeing and resilience plan that you can use at any stage of life to get yourself back on track, cope with difficult times, or simply enhance your mental health and wellbeing.
There are two versions. One is a 5 x 2-hour set of workshops. The other is a one-day (6 hour) workshop + access to a dedicated mobile app.
In both versions of the program we cover a range of interesting topics (self-compassion, thinking errors, resilience planning, thought defusion, coping strategies, mindfulness and more) and introduce you to a catalogue of wellbeing-related activities from which you can pick different ones to try out in your own life.
We don’t just focus on what kinds of activities are helpful for building mental health, we also focus on how to get those activities embedded into everyday life. We cover goal setting, habit formation and how to build a strategic and deliberate ‘plan’ for how you will care for your mental health.
On top of this, the group nature of the program means you get to surround yourself with other people who are also working to build a better life for themselves, which we pretty much always find leads to a great sense of camaraderie and collective motivation.
The program is built on the evidence-based assumption that individuals can wield some power in shifting their mental health and wellbeing. This isn’t to say that mental health is entirely the responsibility of the individual. On the contrary, the program explores specifically how we respond to the inevitable and sometimes very impactful things that happen to us. But it does hold that we have some power and seeks to explore what wielding that power looks like.
You can learn more from reading the formal flyer.
Why you should do the program
The human mind is a complex beast! And the health of our mind shapes the overall quality of life.
With good mental health comes better mood, better productivity, better social integration, a sense of meaning and purpose, the ability to manage stress, the ability to make good decisions/choices and the capacity to manage periods of mental ill health.
Looking after our mental health is a skillset that all of us need to learn.
The Be Well Plan teaches you some of the fundamental aspects of how to look after your mind and grow and sustain your mental health.
In the same way as you probably have things in place in your everyday life to look after your physical health, do you also have things in place to look after your mental health?
Furthermore, accessing a program like Be Well Plan would typically come at a cost, but as a Flinders University student, you get access to this program for free.
Oh, there are also masterclasses!
In 2021, The Be Well crew started releasing additional content that builds on the core program.
In fact, once you have completed the core program, you then have access to a growing range of 1-hour Masterclasses in which we dig further into some of the topics covered in the program. For example we do a deep-dive on meaning/purpose, self-compassion, psychological flexibility and more.
These masterclasses give you the opportunity to upskill yourself further in these areas.
Masterclasses will increase in 2022.
Sounds great! How do I access the program?
There are currently two groups that run the program here at Flinders.
The first group is a team of researchers/facilitators that operate out of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (EPSW). The second group is myself and Vanessa here at Health, Counselling and Disability Services. It doesn’t really matter who delivers the program, you get the same program 😊
The program runs regularly throughout the year. To find out the dates and to register, visit https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_cSheSbetc7AMw0C. From there you will be able to learn about the program and see which version of the program is being offered when, and pick the one that is best for you.
As a heads-up, the programs by Vanessa and I this year are:
Option 1 ➡ Program starting Wednesday the 9th March, for five consecutive weeks, from 6-8pm on Collaborate
Option 2 ➡ Program starting Friday 13th May, for five consecutive weeks, from 10am to 12pm in the Oasis Common Room (or Collaborate if restrictions are in place)
Option 3 ➡ Program starting Tuesday 16th August, for five consecutive weeks, from 3pm to 5pm on Collaborate
Option 4 ➡ 1 x 6 hour session on the 21st October, starting 9am in the Oasis Common Room (or Collaborate if restrictions are in place)
The QR code in the image below will also take you to that sign-up page.