What is the Be Well Plan?


I am a Be Well Plan trainer.

For the last couple of years I have had the pleasure and honour to be able to train 100+ students in this mental health and wellbeing program.

I recently got to finish a couple of training rounds with my co-facilitator Vanessa.

Dates for Semester 2, 2021 will be announced soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d provide a brief description of the program and why you might find it helpful.


The Be Well Plan

The Be Well Plan is a 5 x 2-hour interactive series of workshops (face-to-face or online) 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.

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.

Read the formal flyer.


How to do the program

The program runs regularly throughout the year. Stick close to the blog and I will let you know when sessions are announced.

It is common for us to run the program in the evenings, to make it easier for those with packed schedules or on placement to attend.

Expressions of interest for those who would like to do the Be Well Plan, probably starting September 2021 are open. Send me (gareth.furber@flinders.edu.au) an email with the subject line ‘Be Well Plan” and your student number/FAN. We’ll announce dates/times soon.

When the program is announced, registration will be possible at the following site: https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_cSheSbetc7AMw0C or you can scan the QR code in the image below.

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