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.

Emergency Support

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.

Information about CAPS service and CAPS FAQs

Medical Centres

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.

Safer Community

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.

Specialist services

Visit Disability support for information and services

See LGBTQI support for advice and assistance

Multifaith chaplains and dedicated prayer space - available on each campus

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)

Self Help

To help yourself

To stay healthy, motivated, in control and happy, try Deakin’s Health and Wellbeing site or visit the DeakinHub for topics and programs to support your wellbeing.

To better understand Mental Health

Many external services provide articles and resources on mental health, physical health, work and study.


Learn strategies for managing stress, anxiety and low mood:

Ask Counselling

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.

Social Opportunities

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:


Blooming Minds:

Five strategies for mental wellbeing

Making working from home successful

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