Wellness Warriors

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Wellness Warriors are a community of student volunteers passionate about student mental health and wellbeing. We aim to equip you with all the tools and resources you need to stay afloat. 

The Wellness Warriors are working towards challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health and providing you with the things you need to help you de-stress and reach out if you need support! We understand the stresses of student life and are dedicated to finding ways to help you cope. 

Join the Wellness Warrior team to challenge the struggle that can be student mental health and wellbeing with in-person and online, Pop-Up activation's, Tea & Talk sessions, Stress Less Week and spreading the wellness message!

Join the 2021 Wellness Warrior Team 

Our Warriors are passionate about challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health and wellbeing and supporting you to thrive (not just survive) in uni life. 

We're looking for students that would like to help us: 

  • Create online content (videos/blogs/Instagram posts)
  • Run weekly online events
  • Surprise students with Random Acts of Kindness like plant give-aways 
  • Run pop-up events on campus like yoga, meditation and puppy therapy  
  • Run big events that make a big impact like Stress Less Week and R U OK? Day

You don't need to have any experience just the right attitude!

Applications close at 5pm on the 16th Feb 2021.

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Meet our 2020 Wellness Captains! 

Eliza Priest

Bachelor of Arts and Business, 5th Year

"Stress for me looks like a big wall that becomes so overwhelming I can’t climb it. When everything piles up it can become hard to even begin to tackle it – each new thing I have to do feels like another layers of bricks.

Over the years, I’ve learnt that I have the ability to scale that wall easily if I’m willing to just take the first step. For me, that first step is always writing a to do list and breaking big tasks into smaller goals for me to achieve. If I can make an essay plan, then writing the first 100 words to an essay becomes easy. After that, I always find it easier to write the next 2000 with the momentum!

Once you achieve a little bit, you get a little bit further up the wall until it’s conquered, taking it one brick at a time!"

Ryam Tram

Bachelor of Software Engineering, 2nd Year

"I get stressed when I have a huge workload on my shoulders but have little time to complete it all. I lose my focus and my thoughts dart from one thing to another. As a result, I can’t think clearly and the quality of my work drops. This makes me incredibly frustrated and puts me in a bad mood. 

When faced with stress, I take a break from all work and go for a walk whilst listening to some chill tunes! I particularly love walking in the park because the natural environment helps me clear my mind and soothes my worries. By clearing my mind, I can return to my work with a level head with an optimistic attitude.

If you find yourself stressing out, take a break and do something that you enjoy. Stress cloud’s your mind and limits your work output. Taking a break and coming back rejuvenated ensures that you can tackle your work efficiently and calmly."

Monique Salazar

Bachelor of Science, 2nd Year

"To me, stress is a character in our mind that oscillates between being our friend and being our enemy. When amiable, stress allows us to focus and get things done. Other times, stress may equate to disorganisation, disrupted sleep patterns and major anxiety. 

Too much stress clouds my judgement and fogs my mind. I end up hyperventilating, overreacting, overthinking and even crying. When you see “Stressed Monique” you see HUGE exhales, darting eyes, clenched teeth, large arm movements and shouting, “YOU GOT THIS MONIQUE. YOU GOT THIS.” 

I defog my mind by taking a step back from work to play piano, write in my diary, have “cuddle-time” with my little sister or have a glass of wine with mum while we listen to 70s music.  

Break down your tasks to smaller manageable parts and plan your week! If stress gets paralysing, never be afraid to seek help."

Bianca Frazis

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, 2nd Year

"Whenever I get stressed, I struggle quieting my mind. I overthink and magnify every small problem and deadline. I lose perspective and motivation. Everything just seems impossible to achieve. I put off watching lectures or procrastinate on the assignments because they seem almost too daunting to attempt. The irony is that starting them would made me less stressed, yet I end up too stressed to start!  

When this happens I usually go for a walk outside or play with my dog! I always try to leave the space that I’m in. It's almost as though I need to leave the stress in the room behind me and just step outside and escape! 

I find stepping out into fresh air and just controlling your breathing really helpful in calming yourself and putting things into perspective!"

2019 Events

O-Week Goals T1 W0

O-Week 2019 saw Wellness Warriors giving out potted flowers in return for students setting a SMART goal for the year. We want everyone to remember to grow just as their plant will!

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Flower Giveaway T1 W1

Giving away a flower can make someones day! This Random Act of Kindness spread joy by giving flowers to students as they walked between classes.

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Apple Giveaway T1 W2

This Random Act of Kindness saw the Warriors giving out a whole bunch of apples to hungry students. It was a great way to give out something for students to enjoy, while also giving their brain a boost for more learning and an afternoon of classes!

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Day of Play T1 W2

We hosted the chill out zone at 'Day of Play', ensuring students were hydrating, stretching, and eating heaps of fruit, after games, sport and getting active.

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Sleep T1 W3

Students forget how important a good nights sleep is. They had the opportunity to pledge one way they could improve their sleep schedule in return for a mug and a sleepy tea.

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Gratitude T1 W4

We often forget to tell those around us that we are grateful that they are in our lives. Wellness Warriors had students write and decorate letters to those they are thankful for so we could post it to them. It was an endless day of smiles!

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Eating Well Care Packages T1 W5

Wellness teamed up with Street Team to create care packages with snacks and healthy recipe's. The teams got together to decorate them, and spread the word of Wellness.

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Plaster Painting T1 W6

What did you do for fun as a child? Recreating these nostalgic activities is a great way to know what to do as self-care. Students had a blast painting and taking an important break from their busy lives.

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Stress Less Week: Pat a Puppy T1 W8

Austin the Therapy Dog in training joined us for Stress Less Week. He is working towards a fantastic goal of being an emotional support companion like many other dogs. He attended as a reminder of the great work that therapy dogs can do for us.

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Stress Less Week: Tea 'n' Tips T1 W8

This year the Wellness Warriors provided an opportunity for students to share their strategies for stressing less. They wrote their tip on the side of a cup, and swapped it for another which was filled with a tea of their choice!

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STUVAC Suppers T1 W11

During Uni study periods, students often forget to look after themselves. Its a great opportunity to remind everyone to take a break every now and again. Along with tea and snacks, students were sharing their study tips!

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Self Care T2 W1

We were on Main Walkway in Welcome Week giving out a free potted plant after filling in a self care plan! Its a great reminder to take care of yourself just like you would a new pot plant. We all need water, some sunshine and a little bit of love!

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Day of Play T2 W2

Day of Play was a huge success, with yoga classes, free fruit and lots of activities to pick up and play. The Wellness Warriors spread smiles in their purple shirts, with students getting super enthusiastic about healthy snacks!

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Queer Week T2 W3

For Queer Week the Warriors helped students make friendship bracelets in the colours of their Queer Flag! It was one of out busiest activations, with students coming to learn about the LGBTQI+ community and have some fun between classes.

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Stay Dry T2 W4

This week The Warriors went around the library and gave out ponchos to students that forgot their umbrellas on a very cold and rainy day! They got a lot of smiles and 'thank you's' in return, and saved over 30 people from the rain!

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Booklets and Encouragement T2 W4

We went out to give students a little something to get them to think about their wellbeing. By the end of the day we gave out over 100 interactive wellness booklets with mini pencils that were pegged together with words of encouragement.

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Foundation Day T2 W5

For UNSW's 70th Birthday we gave out donuts for those students that faced their procrastination in our 'Wellness your way' booklet. The day ended with 400 less donuts, and 400 do to lists started #donutgiveup

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Paint what you love T2 W6

We asked UNSW students to bring out their inner artist and paint something they love. The creativity was infectious with it leaving students with a clearer mind before class or after handing in assignments!

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UNSW Health Service Liver Checks T2 W7

Arc Wellness partnered with UNSW Health Services to offer eligible students free Hep B and Liver tests. It was a fantastic day educating students on their livers and the importance of testing!

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Stress Less Week: Gratitude Tree T2 W8

During Stress Less Week the Wellness Warriors got students to think about who or what they are grateful for by adding it to the Gratitude Tree!! These notes of thanks swayed in the wind all week and brought a lot of smiles to those having a peak :)

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Stress Less Week: Pat a Puppy T2 W8

Students gathered each day to have a peak at Austin, a trained emotional support therapy dog. He is only two years old and wears his therapy jacket with pride! Students not only got to feel how soft his fur is, but hear about the good that therapy dogs do

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Stress Less Week: Tea 'n' Tips T2 W8

This year the Wellness Warriors provided an opportunity for students to share their strategies for stressing less. They wrote their tip on the side of a cup, and swapped it for another which was filled with a tea of their choice!

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Stress Less Week: Polaroid Pics T2 W8

The Polaroid Camera came out this term to capture great memories between friends!

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Stress Less Week: Flower Giveaway T2 W8

Wellness Warriors gave away single stem flowers on Wednesday as a Random Act of Kindness to remind students to 'Petal to the Medal!!!'

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STUVAC suppers T2 W11

Wellness Warriors were up in the library during week 11 and STUVAC giving away some hot tea and snacks to get students through exam period! Everyone was sharing words of encouragement while talking about their exams and study tips with each other.

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Self care and colouring in T3 W0

The Wellness Warriors were out and about in o-week to give students a pack of coloured pencils when they filled in a self care plan for the term. It's a great way to prioritse yourself and get your stationary covered for the term.

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R U OK day T3 W0

For R U OK Day this year, the wellness warriors were giving out resources with weekly planners up at the CLB. We were inviting people to write a secret on a post card to get something off their chest, and to reach out for professional help.

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Welcome Week Gratitude T3 W1

The warriors had a stall in the pouring rain getting students to write letter to those they are grateful for, or give a flower to someone they are grateful for. It was a day of smiles and 'awww' and a whole lot of rain!

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Umbrella Angels T3 W1

Purple umbrellas were scattered over campus to help students get to and from class in the rain. The Wellness Warriors had ponchos, resources, and great conversations to share with students to keep them dry!! Everyone was more than grateful!

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Diversity Fest T3 W2

This week the Warriors were down at the Squarehouse celebrating diversity and being unique! We had a mural stating "being different makes you beautiful" with students being rewarded for contributing with unicorn cupcakes!! We are all UNIQUE-CORNS!!

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Hump Day T3 W2

To celebrate sexual health awareness month (or Sex-tember as we like to put it) the Warriors were getting students to make sex-positive badges, playing dildo toss, and leaving with a bunch of free condoms!

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Green Fest T3 W3

The Wellness Warriors were down at Roundhouse Beer Garden to talk about why being good for the environment is good for you. We had headphones for students to listen to nature sounds as they kick back at the event!

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Artsweek T3 W4

The Warriors were out asking students to take time out of their busy day to express themselves through paint! It was a lovely day in the sunshine.

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World Mental Health Day T3 W4

This day was about reminding students that its ok to not be ok. We were giving away a warm cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course!) while having meaningful conversations about how to check in on friends, and where to get help when you need it.

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Culture Fest T3 W6

The Wellness Warriors shared warm cups of tea with friends and peers of many cultures. Although the warm weather discouraged some, others were more than excited to try a new tea flavour!

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Stress Less Week: Pat a puppy T3 W8

Austin the Therapy Dog was back for another term of sharing cuddles and educating students on the great things that he does! Check out his instagram!

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Stress Less Week: Polaroid Pics T3 W8

There were about a hundred polaroids taken over the week by the Wellness Warriors. We were capturing the smiles throughout the Quad all week!

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Stress Less Week: Tea n Tips T3 W8

The warm weather was made a lot more bearable with the Wellness Warriors giving out watermelon, raspberry, and mint iced tea :)

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Stress Less Week: Panels T3 W8

During Stress Less Week we were lucky enough to hear from professionals from Headspace, This Way Up, Reachout, UNSW CAPS, Kensington Physiotherapy, and the Psychology Faculty about stress, burnout, balance, goals, and maintaining well-being. Attending stu

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Wellness Coordinators

Alva and Isabelle