Counselling wellbeing resources

 Disclaimer

VU is not responsible for any consequences or actions resulting from use of these resources.

It's your responsibility to consider your own personal circumstances and consult with a mental health professional if required. 

This list of online resources may help you explore different aspects of your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

If you are finding it difficult to cope, or are unsure about things and would like to talk to someone in confidence, please contact Counselling services.

Please note: some resources may also change in their availability, functionality or content over time.

Study issues

General study support

Exam information

General exam information

Managing exam anxiety & study stress

Exam anxiety

Overcoming procrastination

Perfectionism

Time management

Information processing

Overcoming procrastination & time management

Relationships & sexuality

Domestic / family violence & emotional abuse

Domestic/family violence

Forced marriage/slavery/exploitation

Sexual assault & rape

Apps

  • Daisy – connects women who are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault, domestic and family violence to specialist services in their state and local area, legal services, housing and finance services, and children’s services.

Child sexual abuse

  • Bravehearts - information, resources, support and counselling for those affected by child sexual abuse.
  • Blue Knot - referral database providing support and information for adult survivors of child sexual assault.
  • Gatehouse Centre - assessment and treatment service at Royal Children’s Hospital.

Stalking

Apps

  • Companion - allows selected contacts to watch a live map of your progress and get updates as you make it from Point A to Point B. If you start running, don't make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, the app will ask “Are you okay?” If you don't respond in 15 seconds, the app automatically alerts your companions.

Sexuality including sexual health & sexual identity

LGBTQI

  • QLife - advice and support for people with diverse gender or sexuality.
  • Switchboard - telephone counselling and support service for the LGBTQI community.
  • Not So Straight - information and support regarding sexual identity.

Sexual health

Apps

Sexuality

Relationships

Relationship difficulties

  • ReachOut - information about dealing with conflict in relationships.
  • Better Health - dealing with conflict in relationships
  • Better Health - relationships and communication.

Separation

Apps

  • Breakup Shakeup - ideas for fun, easy things to do to help you cope after a breakup. The app teaches you that planning activities and increasing your social support will help you recover faster.

Grief & loss

Bullying

Apps

  • bSafe - is a personal safety app designed to keep you and your friends safer 24/7. It’s packed with features for both everyday safety and real emergencies, making it the ultimate safety tool.

Social skills

Making friends & building a social life

Shyness & social anxiety

Apps

Mental health

Depression

Websites

  • beyondblue -help to deal with depression, anxiety and substance misuse.
  • Youth Beyond Blue - youth focussed resources to help deal with depression, anxiety and substance misuse.
  • Black Dog Institute - depression and bipolar disorder information.
  • Blue Pages - depression information.
  • Panda - perinatal anxiety and depression counselling service.

Online programs

  • MoodGYM - free therapy program to help prevent depression.
  • MindSpot - assessment and treatment for depression and anxiety.
  • eCentreClinic - free courses to help with a range of mental health concerns, including symptoms of depression.
  • This Way Up - fee paying programs to deal with anxiety and depression.
  • e-couch - self-help interactive program for depression and anxiety.
  • OnTrack - free courses, information, quizzes and advice for depression and alcohol misuse.
  • myCompass - self-help cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) programs for mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions - a series of modules containing information, activities, worksheets, and CBT strategies to manage depression.

Apps

Anxiety

Websites

Online programs

  • Mental Health Online - internet-based treatment clinic catering for a range of anxiety disorders.
  • This Way Up - a range of fee-paying online programs to deal with a range of anxiety issues including generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD and health anxiety.
  • eCentreClinic - free online courses to help with a range of mental health concerns including OCD and PTSD.
  • MindSpot - provides online assessment and treatment for depression and anxiety.
  • eCouch - self-help interactive program for depression and anxiety.
  • myCompass - provides a self-help, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) program for mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions - guided self-help programs for a range of anxiety issues including worry, panic attacks, social anxiety and health anxiety.

Apps

Alcohol & other drugs

  • Drink Wise - alcohol information and education.
  • ReachOut - information about drugs.
  • DrugInfo - facts and services about alcohol and drugs.
  • DirectLine - confidential alcohol and drug counselling, referral service and online service finder.
  • Health.vic - alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Self harm, suicidal thoughts & actions

Trauma related mental health issues

Websites

Online programs

Wellbeing

Stress & mindfulness

Confidence & self-acceptance

App resources for wellbeing

  • Intellicare - a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity, and obsessive thinking.
  • Smilingmind - mindfulness meditation.
  • Breathe2Relax - use breathing exercises to help reduce stress, stabilise mood, control anger and manage anxiety: