Wellbeing and self-help resources

Read our self-help advice for maintaining wellbeing, check out our free workshops, and find details of other services you can contact for help and guidance.

There are other counselling providers—outside Student Counselling—who charge no fees or reduced fees, depending on your financial situation.

Wellbeing

Personal development and wellbeing programmes and workshops are available to help you improve your health and wellbeing while studying at university.

Self-help advice

This information covers common issues that might affect your wellbeing during your studies. Find advice and guidance, and contact details for organisations that provide specialised support.

Academic concerns

When study feels too hard, or you can’t find the motivation to push on, don’t struggle alone—Victoria has support to help you overcome the barriers to study.

Alcohol

If you drink alcohol, know your limits and take steps to keep yourself and your friends safe. If drinking is causing you problems, ask for help.

Anger

Getting angry doesn’t feel great, but it’s also part of life. There are good ways to deal with anger and to let off steam without blowing up.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response when we are faced with stressful situations. There are effective ways to deal with anxiety so that it doesn’t control your life.

Depression

Depression is often misunderstood and the word is often misused. If you think you or someone else might be depressed, ask for help—you can get through it.

Drugs

Drugs can look like fun and provide a sense of escape—but they can damage your health and ability to function, sometimes permanently.

Eating disorders

A preoccupation with food and body image can affect your ability to function well and enjoy life—it is possible to overcome eating problems with good support.

Exams

Exam time is stressful. Getting into good study habits helps, as does preparing a revision plan, and taking time out from study to rest and recover.

Grief

Grief allows us to come to terms with and move on from a major loss. Grieving takes time and energy—being kind to ourselves is a vital ingredient in recovery.

Help at exam time

Help is available if you are feeling unwell or are facing serious exceptional circumstances in the lead up to exams and final assessment due dates.

Homesickness

You don’t have to come from very far away to miss the familiar and feel out of place. Homesickness is really normal, but making new connections helps.

Loneliness

Loneliness can be very painful but is also very common. When you feel lonely, resist the temptation to stay in your shell—get active and reach out to others.

Panic attacks

Panic attacks feel terrible and can seem to come out of nowhere. Panic is a response to stress—making lifestyle changes and learning relaxation will help.

Perfectionism

Perfectionism is often seen as a good thing but it can actually get in the way of achieving results. It is possible to relax your standards and still achieve.

Post-traumatic stress

A trauma is an event that overwhelms our ability to cope. People who experience or witness a traumatic event may need help to get over its effect on them.

Relationships

People are social animals—relationships with other people are central to our happiness. Connecting with others may not come easily but is a skill we can learn.

Self-esteem

Low self-esteem can prevent you from getting the most out of life. Learning how to change the negative thoughts that trip you up can be life changing.

Self-harm

Self-harm is a way of dealing with feelings that provides immediate relief but can become a habit that is hard to break. There are alternatives to self-harm.

Sexual abuse

Unwanted sexual activity forced on you by someone else is sexual abuse. It has far reaching effects on how you feel about yourself, but support is available.

Sleep

Getting enough good sleep is absolutely vital for functioning well, but sleep doesn’t always come easily. You can take simple steps to improve your sleep.

Suicide

Thoughts of suicide are not unusual, and can be a symptom of depression. If you are thinking of suicide, it’s vital to tell someone you trust.

The meaning of life

It isn’t possible to go through life without facing the ‘big questions’ at some stage, but times of change and emotional upheaval are opportunities for growth.

Time management

Good time management is about being able to do the things you want to do in the time you have available, and being able to prioritise when time is scarce.

Wellbeing

Your wellbeing is about your whole person—your physical health, your connections to others, your state of mind and emotional health, and your spirit.