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Counselling and mental health support

Support for offshore students

You are studying offshore if you are currently enrolled in a course of study and you are not located in Australia.

Under Australian health regulatory law, our counsellors and clinical psychologists are unable to provide advice to, or undertake consultations with, students located outside Australia.

Accessing support 

Our services include a range of self-help resources that you can access right now as an offshore student.

Review our literature for tips to manage effective communication, perfectionism and procrastination, along with advice about coping with a breakup, enjoying healthy relationships, and approaching relationship difficulties. There are challenges and problems we all experience from time to time, and quietly reading and understanding ways of reacting and responding can often help bring peace of mind and change our attitudes to those issues.

Mindfulness and relaxation don’t come naturally to most of us, but can be achieved over time with patience and practice. Spend as little as 10 minutes a day with our guided breathing and muscle relaxation exercises to help yourself get grounded and reduce feelings of anxiety or stress, or download the Smiling Mind app and practice daily meditation and mindfulness on any device.

In addition, our Head Set module in Canvas provides excellent advice about managing your wellbeing with self-care and self-compassion in times of anxiety, loneliness, low mood and stress. Log in to Canvas using your Unikey, just as you do to access your units of study, and explore Head Set at any time.

Peer support

Our team of peer support advisors are trained students who can refer you to relevant information and services.

The team works hours suited to assisting offshore students located in east, south and southeast Asia. They can be contacted via Zoom during the hours of 12:00pm and 7:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). All of China is two hours behind Sydney during AEST; during our daylight saving months (4 October 2020 to 4 April 2021) all of China is three hours behind. Check your time against current Sydney time on the world clock and complete our enquiry form to talk with a peer support advisor.

TalkCampus

Download the TalkCampus app and chat with students around the world, 24/7, in a safe, supportive and encouraging multilingual environment. The TalkCampus app provides free and instant support for your mental health and wellbeing, allowing you to chat anonymously in your first language, give and take advice and make friends globally. The TalkCampus app is University funded but delivered by TalkLife, an independent third party. The University has no access to your user data and will never request it. Find out more about TalkCampus
 

Multilingual resources in response to Covid-19

Psychology Tools published a guide titled Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty in March 2020 in response the coronavirus pandemic. This free guide is available for download in 43 languages. Anxiety and worry are normal responses to ambiguous, threatening, unfamiliar and unpredictable situations. Alongside other resources set out on this page, take some time to read this guide and explore the skills development exercises provided.

Last updated: 21 October 2020

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