Online resources

The internet is a great source of information and support but it can be difficult to discern the quality of what is on offer. We suggest some online resources for common problem areas. For more online options, we suggest you use the following portals:

  • Beacon – reviews websites, mobile apps and support groups, according to common categories.
  • Head to Health – Australian digital mental health services.

Also check out the Desk, an online program supporting Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical wellbeing.

Self-help resources are not a substitute for speaking with a counsellor or other mental health professionals. This is especially the case if you're experiencing a crisis. You can make an appointment with one of our counsellors. We offer counselling in person, by telephone or Skype.

To speak with a counsellor after-hours, please refer to the after-hours telephone numbers.

If you are in need of urgent support, please refer to our emergency resources.

Mental health

Anxiety and trauma

We all experience feelings of anxiety from time to time. However, anxiety can become a problem when it is persistent and distressing and/or it interferes with our daily life. Here are some resources for the most common anxiety disorders:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder - persistent and excessive worry that is difficult to control.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder - intense fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated in a social or performance situation.
  • Panic Disorder – fear of panic attacks that are experienced as recurrent and unexpected.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - preoccupation with unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and/or compulsive, repetitive behaviours.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a set of symptoms that develop in reaction to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event.

For more information on anxiety go to Beyond Blue or check the online programs in the table below.

Online programs General anxiety Social anxiety Panic disorder OCD PTSD
Mindspot.org.au - free assessment and therapist-supported courses.
thiswayup.org.au - small fee required. Therapist-assisted program with online lessons, email or telephone contact, and access to an online discussion forum.  
mentalhealthonline.org.au - Information, assessment and treatment programs. Self-guided program is free. Small fee for therapist-assisted programs.
ecouch.anu.edu.au - information, practical advice and strategies    
cci.health.wa.gov.au - workbook explaining the disorder and suggesting strategies.   
moodygym.anu.edu.au - free training modules with information, demonstrations and quizzes.     
mycompass.org.au - online and mobile phone-based information, stories, tips, mood tracking and motivational messages.    

Depression

Depression is a condition that impacts many people across all ages, cultures and walks of life.

For information about depression and other mood disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder), go to:

Check out these self-help resources:

Suicide prevention

If you are concerned about your own or another person's safety please use one of the Emergency contacts.

Information about suicide and related issues:

The Beyond Blue support service:

  • 24/7 telephone support on 1300 22 4636
  • Online chat (3pm – 12am, every day)
  • Email chat (get a response within 24 hours).

Eating disorders

Covers a range of conditions including bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Resources:

For support and information, contact:

Self-harm

Information on self-harm:

For support contact the Beyond Blue support service:

  • 24/7 telephone support on 1300 22 4636
  • Online chat (3pm – 12am, every day)
  • Email chat (get a response within 24 hours).

Psychosis

A psychotic episode involves some loss of contact with reality, for example, delusional thinking or hearing voices that no one else can hear. Psychotic episodes can happen in the context of different disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

For fact sheets on psychosis check out Orygen Youth Health.

OnTrack is a free online treatment program for people who are worried they may be getting out of touch with reality.

Study concerns

Adjusting to uni

Adjusting to uni

Adjusting to uni life can come in different forms depending on your circumstances. For example, you may be living away from home for the first time or you may be returning to study as a mature age student.

Reach out has some tips to help with this transition.

Overcoming procrastination

Check out the video "Attack of the Procrastinator" on Reach out.

Try the self-help modules for overcoming procrastination at:

Perfectionism

Read about perfectionism and how to overcome it at the Centre for Clinical Intervention.

Managing exam stress

Guidance on how to manage exam stress:

Relationships

Positive relationships

Developing and maintaining positive relationships is critical to our mental and physical health. Find strategies to improve your relationships and stay connected.

Meeting new people:

Friends and family:

Sex and relationships:

Loss and grief

Losing someone or something significant to us can have a profound impact on our life. Connecting with others and talking things out can get you on the road to recovery.

For information go to:

For support contact:

  • Grief Line on 9935 7400 (National & Metro Melbourne), or 1300 845 745 (Landline only; 12.00 noon - 3.00 a.m. every day); or 24/7 email support.
  • The Compassionate Friends Victoria – (24/7 for bereaved parents and surviving siblings) on 9888 4944 or (for country Victoria) 1800 641 091
  • Standby Response Service Bendigo – 24/7 on 0439 173 310. Provides an immediate response to people bereaved by suicide, including face-to-face support
  • Try eCouch - an interactive online program for relationship breakdown, grief & loss.

Addictive behaviours

Alcohol and other drugs

Find information for tertiary students affected by drugs and alcohol at Just Ask Us.

On Track has free online programs to help people cut back on their drinking.

For 24/7 support contact:

  • Directline on 1800 888 236.
  • Counselling Online text-based counselling for people concerned about their own or another person's drug or alcohol use.

Gambling

For anybody affected by gambling, contact:

  • Gambler's Helpline on 1800 858 858 for 24/7 telephone support.
  • Gambling Help Online for online counselling and self-help resources.

Internet/gaming

For information on internet addiction.

Try using applications (e.g. SelfControl) and programs (e.g. Cold Turkey) to control your use of the internet/gaming.