The Victoria University (VU) Elevenses program is a unique initiative to support the safety, mental health and wellbeing of our staff, students and the general public. It provides meaningful ways to help people feel supported, connected and validate the extraordinary challenges brought on by the pandemic.

The hugely successful program is free to attend and has been supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and students since March 2020, through daily online meetings. It is also available on demand to members of the public around the world through recorded sessions on YouTube.

About VU Elevenses

A team of university experts in the field of psychology, physical activity, and mental health have developed the VU Elevenses program. The team is led by Professor Alex Parker, a clinical psychologist and researcher in the Institute for Health and Sport.

VU Elevenses is held live each weekday at 11–11.15am, and is also available on demand through recording hosted on a number of platforms. The sessions focus on a range of topics with only one aim: to improve the wellbeing of participants.

The topics most often address one of six lifestyle medicine areas:

  • healthy eating
  • healthy relationships
  • improving sleep
  • physical activity
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • stress management.

The name, Elevenses, was inspired by Michael Bond’s famous Paddington Bear, who enjoyed daily 11am chats with his friend Mr Gruber. While the title of the program is whimsical, the initiative impacts its audience in profound ways.

"We know that the program has significantly reduced participant’s experience of depression, anxiety and stress."

"The sessions are made up of mini-interventions and strategies to help people manage and maintain wellbeing during this pandemic. We focus on ways to nurture ourselves and our loved ones, how to better manage such a massive disruption and most importantly, how to avoid being overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic", said Professor Parker.

Join in

VU Elevenses is freely available through live sessions for all VU students and staff, and on demand to the VU community and general public.

Live sessions

Live sessions are held each weekday. All you need to do is register and you'll receive online meeting invitations via email each week. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

Register online:

Recordings

If you can't attend the live sessions, recordings of the sessions are made available on VU's:

Links to resources are also shared on Yammer and the intranet.