What is WALi?
The Wellness Advocacy and Leadership Initiative was developed and piloted by the student associations in late 2018 and has returned in full swing in 2019.
Our WALi’s are a point of connection for students seeking information and guidance about mental health and well being, with a focus on promoting healthy coping strategies, connecting students with appropriate support services and contributing to a campus culture that encourages conversation, connection and help seeking.
WALi’s are Griffith enrolled students, who have the knowledge to refer students on to appropriate services. They are a friendly and regular face on campus, someone with whom students can check in with throughout trimester and exam periods. Our WALi’s occasionally attend student association events as a point of contact for students who might need some extra support.
We have big plans for WALi in 2020! With a host of events planned including: O’Week Market Stalls, Market Day Stalls, Participating in University Mental Health and Wellbeing week events, Wellness Head Quarters pop ups throughout trimester and Wellness Walk events. We try to ensure our events are as accessible as possible, and prefer to host events where students can ‘turn up and go’.
For example, students do not have to register to attend our Toohey Forest Wellness Walks. In 2019 we have had groups of students, individuals, and a mix of undergrads, postgrads, domestic and international students join staff for a bush walk through the forest. This year, students were excited to spot koalas, honey-eaters, lace monitors and even snakes!
We encourage students to reach out to our Team of WALi’s when they see them at the green table during trimester.
If you have any questions about the program, or would like to speak directly to your student associations or advocacy service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org