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Useful links - online self-help resources

Your wellbeing

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Your toolbox for success and wellbeing while you study; a range of useful tools and tips, including self-care, physical health, mental wellbeing and relationships.

Anxiety and depression

Mental Health On-line
A comprehensive online mental health service offering information about anxiety disorders, free online assessments and self-help programs, plus a low-cost therapy–assisted treatment program.

Beyond Blue
Provides information and educational material about depression and anxiety. Useful resources for health professionals, members of the community and individuals affected by depression or anxiety.

Black Dog Institute
Information and support for individuals experiencing depression (including during and after pregnancy) and bipolar disorder.

A free self-help interactive program offering information about emotional problems – what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It provides a set of evidence-based online interventions designed to equip the user with strategies to improve their mood and emotional state. Modules include depression, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and worry, relationship breakdown and grief and loss.

Suicide prevention, crisis support and mental health support. For 24-hour telephone crisis support dial 131 114. The online Mental Health Resource Centre provides a variety of self–help tool kits and fact sheets with information about issues such as mental illness, depression, suicide prevention, anxiety and more.

An interactive program that incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression.

Sane Australia
Conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. Provides information about mental illness, treatments and support. It is not a counselling service.

Eating disorders

Eating Disorders Association Inc (QLD) 
Support and referral for people with eating disorders and their families.

The Butterfly Foundation 
Provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their families. Telephone support line: 1800 33 4673. Online support:

Youth health and wellbeing

Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Provides young people aged between 12 and 25 years with information, support and advice on general health, mental health and wellbeing, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, education and employment. Information is also available for parents and carers on the website.

Reach Out 
Information, advice and support for young people across a range of issues including mental health, alcohol and other drugs, family and other relationships, sex and pregnancy, sexuality and coming out.

Suicide / self harm

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week across Australia.

A suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

S.A.F.E. Alternatives 
A USA-based website providing support to people who self-harm.

LGBTIQ support

Diverse Voices is a Queensland based non-profit organisation with a focus on the wellbeing of the diverse voices that make up our community. Our focus is on the operation of a peer-to-peer telephone and internet counselling service.

To contact the Diverse Voices/QLife Helpfline call 1800 184 527. This service operates between 3pm and midnight, 365 days per year.

Online Chat available via their partner Q-life, between 3pm and midnight, 365 days a year.

On campus there is the USC Ally Network. Allies are a point of contact for students on LGBTIQ issues, and students can discuss these areas confidently.

Disclaimer: These links are provided as an information service only and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Counselling Service of the information or resources provided within them. It is the responsibility of all persons accessing these links to determine the accuracy, relevance and usefulness of their content.