After a number of months in 2020 working in the background with a talented group of students, designers and managers (FUSA, Oasis, HCD, Student Ambassadors, Mango Chutney), The Good Vibes Experiment was launched in 2021 and is active at Flinders currently.

At the core of the campaign is the invitation, to all in the Flinders community, to experiment with different types of wellbeing activities in your life, as a way of balancing out the inevitable challenges of life.

The formal Launch took place on Wednesday 17th March 2021 with activities across multiple campuses. My favourite was the big gratitude wall at the Hub. There we had:

🎵 Live music
📓 A free activity book
🙏 An interactive gratitude wall
🎨 Art therapy workshops by FUMA
🍣 Free lunch at midday
💕 Friendship bracelet making
💅 Henna
🌱 Drop-in planting and flower-crown making at the Community Garden
🤤 Fairy floss at Law & Commerce
🍿 Popcorn at Tonsley

Early morning at the Bedford Park Campus Launch.

At the launch we distributed a tonne of activity books (see below) and merchandise such as pins, cards and tshirts. The response from students was really positive.

We continue to distribute books and merch. In fact, to date, we’ve distributed over 5000 activity books and I’ve lost count of the number of pins distributed.

You can check out our Activity Book via Issuu and order a hard copy to be posted out to you if it takes your fancy (Flinders Students Only). You can learn more about the Activity book in this post.

In short, the Activity Book is the central component of the campaign. In it we describe 20 wellbeing tactics that people use to build and sustain their mental health and provide 40+ activities that get you thinking about those tactics and whether they’d be a useful addition to your own life. We also link you to key mental health supports at the university, online and in the community.

In 2022, the campaign is still active! Keep your eye out for various merch items (pins, t-shirts, stickers) around the university during key dates like University Mental Health Day, RUOK day and the mid-year orientation.

If you want to learn how to apply the ideas from the Activity Book in your everyday life, consider watching the Building a Good Vibes Plan video series.

Follow Oasis on Facebook and Instagram for updates about Good Vibes Experiment events (#flindersgoodvibes).

You might also be interested to know that as of the 10/3/22, the Good Vibes Experiment materials are open-source, meaning anyone can take what we’ve built and adapt it to their own setting. See the media release here.

Got questions about the campaign? Contact the Good Vibes Team (goodvibes@flinders.edu.au)

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