Adjusting to university life can be difficult. It involves meeting new people, adopting new routines, learning new skills, and coping with extra expenses. This is coupled with the demands of study and life outside university.

VU's Counselling services provide professional services to enrolled students that are designed to support you in your personal, psychological, academic, and social development.

We also have a range of wellbeing resources, including online resources and information sheets that might be of help to you in your personal and university life.

The COVID-19 pandemic & looking after ourselves

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we live.  All of the things we’re used to doing each week — going to uni, TAFE, catching up with friends and family, going out, playing sport, going on holidays — have changed. 

Financial worries and uncertainty about the future can add to the stress.  Studying and working in health care and essential services can add to the pressure. 

Under these circumstances, it’s normal to sometimes feel lonely, anxious, overwhelmed, confused, sad or unmotivated. These feelings can take their toll, and we all need to take the time to care for ourselves and to look out for our friends, family and colleagues. 

There are free services that can help you cope with these feelings.

    • Call VU Counselling 9919 5400 to book a free confidential telephone counselling appointment (video counselling coming soon). VU Counselling can help you manage study and personal issues including the emotional impact of COVID-19.
    • Join VU Elevenses each weekday or on demand for ideas, support and 'mini interventions' to help through this difficult time.
    • Call 000 in an emergency.
    • Lifeline Phone:  13 11 14 for support if you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts.  Operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
    • Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service Phone: 1800 512 348 for information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
    • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 if you are under 25 years of age or younger.  Operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
    • Suicide Call Back Service: Phone: 1300 659 467 for immediate, professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.  Operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
    • 1800Respect Phone:1800 737 732  if you are impacted by sexual assault or family violence and abuse. 
    • National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19.


    Feedback & suggestions

    We welcome feedback from students to help us improve our services. If you have any suggestions feel free to email [email protected] with your ideas.