Mental Health & Other Wellbeing Concerns

We all have good days and bad days, but any expression of intent to harm or kill oneself or others must be taken seriously.

If you have noticed a concerning change in behaviour, personality, appearance or even hygiene in yourself or someone else, it may be time to reach out for support.

You may also have concerns that someone has fallen on hard times, is sleeping rough, or may be experiencing other personal difficulties. Whatever your concern, we’re here to listen and help.

Help for myself

Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, please call 000 (or 0 000 from University phones).

Talk to someone. Lifeline is available 24/7 for mental health support by calling 13 11 14. As a student, you can also access Counselling Services, including after-hours telephone support. As a staff member, you can access the Employee Assistance Program.

Consider contacting Speak Up. We can help you determine your preferred course of action and recommend where to access the best support. You can remain anonymous, unless we believe there is a genuine threat to a person’s health and safety. Call us on 03 9479 8988, or click Connect with Speak Up below.

Help for someone else

Consider contacting Speak Up. We can help you provide reasonable support through recommending options and resources. You will not need to disclose the name of the person impacted to us unless we believe there is a genuine threat to their health and safety. Call us on 03 9479 8988, or click Connect with Speak Up below.

If you're a staff member who's been contacted by a student in distress, please take a few minutes to review our "Guide for staff responding to student in distress".

Additional Information

Victimisation

La Trobe University prohibits retaliation against anyone involved in a notification or complaint of unacceptable behaviour.

Victimisation is subjecting or threatening to subject someone to a detriment because they have asserted their rights, made a complaint, helped someone else make a complaint, or refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation. Victimisation is against the law.

It is also victimisation to threaten someone (such as a witness) who may be involved in investigating a concern or complaint.

Victimisation is a very serious breach of policy and may result in formal discipline against the perpetrator.

There are two ways you can report something:

Report anonymously or Connect with Speak Up

For emergency assistance, please call 000 or 03 9479 2222