Mental Health and Wellbeing
There may be times we feel lost, disconnected or overwhelmed. It is not always easy to find the help we may need. This page has been developed as a resource for HDR students and lists services available to support student mental health and wellbeing.
If you are in crisis or need immediate emergency help, contact one of these services – available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- Emergency – 000
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide Line – 1300 651 251
- 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS)
Free confidential counselling and support from highly-skilled psychologists and social workers who have experience supporting HDR students completing a research degree. They can help you with a broad spectrum of personal, work and study related issues.
CAPS is available to students located within Australia. If you reside overseas, please contact your local health practitioner for further advice and support.
A confidential medical service for all current students and staff. Medical Centres are located at each campus and staffed by qualified and experienced doctors and nurses.
A Deakin wide service to keep all campuses safe. If you are worried about someone or something just doesn’t feel quite right, contact Safer Community for support, advice or information.
Employee Wellbeing Support (EWS)
This free Deakin staff program is available to HDR students. Just mention you are a HDR student to access your six free confidential sessions.
Contact 1300 360 364 toll free (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
To help yourself
To better understand Mental Health
- Try Deakin’s Mental Health topics
Many external services provide articles and resources on mental health, physical health, work and study.
Learn strategies for managing stress, anxiety and low mood:
An online collection of anonymous student questions and answers from Deakin counsellors. You can search by topics (for example anxiety, loneliness or family problems) or ask your own question for a personalised reply.
Feeling lonely? Feeling like you want more human connection?
Video: Mental Health and Relational Safety in a COVID-19 World
Promoted by ARMS and presented by Professor Nicholas Procter, RN MBA PhD from UniSA
Other resources for adults
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Other resources for youths
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Head to Health:
Life in Mind:
Five strategies for mental wellbeing