It's all about your mental health and wellbeing


The Essence of student life Expo

5th August – 7th August 2014 (Week 4 of Trimester 2)


What's it about?

In its broadest sense the Essence Expo is all about promoting positive mental health within the Deakin community. It assumes that if you get your mental health right, you are more likely to lead a happy, successful and productive academic, work and social life.

It is also an opportunity to find out what you can do if you find yourself struggling with the pressures of student life.   You will also find out about the various support services available to you.

What's in it for me?

At the very least - a free meal - some great live music -  a free massage – even a chance to win a prize.  
Ever got lost in the Apps store,  which App to download?  Ever given up as you download one that isn't what you expected?  Come along to the Expo to learn about all the Apps that will assist you with your academic success and enjoyment of student life.
You might just find out what else you can do to support your own mental health, or someone else's mental health.


WarrnamboolTuesday 5 August (12-2 pm)Back of cafeteria
Waurn Ponds - GeelongWednesday 6 August (12-2 pm)East End Dining Room
BurwoodThursday 7 August (12-2 pm)Central Precinct (outside Deakin Central)
Waterfront - GeelongThursday 7 August (12-2 pm)Deakin Central Foyer

What is meant by Essence?

Essence is a framework for thinking about your own mental health and wellbeing.  It is a concept coined by Dr Craig Hassed who is a GP and educator.  He developed the concept of Essence as an acronym with each letter representing the seven (7) "pillars of wellbeing":

  • Education
  • Stress management
  • Spirituality
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Connectedness, and
  • Environment. 

Dr Hassed suggests that the seven pillars provide a holistic foundation of maintaining wellness and preventing illness.  At Deakin we can see the value in using this framework for considering our own mental health.

By considering the ESSENCE of your life, you can improve your own mental health, lead a more fulfilling student life and maximise your academic performance at Deakin.

Deakin obtained permission from Dr Hassed to use it as our theme for the Expos back in 2012.

Need more details, or want to be a stall holder?

Burwood: Karen Stuart (92446 300, ask for Burwood Student Life reception) or email
Geelong: Frances D'Arcy 5227 1221 or
Warrnambool: Emma Keldan 55633256 or

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