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Staying well

There are many things that cause stress in our daily lives, such as study, finances, work, and family.

When you're feeling overwhelmed, it's important to focus on your wellbeing.

Finding resources to help you improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing is a great first step. 

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Mental health services directory

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis or needs someone to talk to, help is available. It doesn't matter where you are, you can access these national services for confidential, non-judgemental support.

Crisis and recovery
Gambling Help OnlineCounselling and information service associated with problem gambling issues.  
Alcohol and Drug Counselling24/7 support service for people impacted by substance use.
Blue Knot FoundationInformation and support service for people impacted by trauma. 
FriendLineVolunteer run phone service for people experiencing loneliness and isolation.
Lifeline24-hour crisis and suicide prevention online and phone counselling service. 
Suicide Call Back Service24/7 online and phone counselling for anyone affected by suicide. 
1800 RespectNational domestic, family and sexual violence counselling service. 
GriefLineNational service providing resources and supporting people impacted by grief. 
Say It Out LoudNational online resource website relating to LGBTIQ+ relationships.  
Intersex Peer Support AustraliaOnline advocacy, information and peer support group for Intersex people. 
QBlaqNSW-based peak organisation supporting First Nations LGBTIQA+ community. 
QlifeAustralia-wide confidential online referral and peer support for LGBTIQ+ people.  
13 YarnNational 24-hour crisis support line for First Nations people. 
Esafety CommissionerIndependent government agency for regulating online safety. 
Standby Support After Suicide24-hour in-person or telephone support for anyone impacted by suicide.
ThirriliNT-based postvention support services for First Nations people. 
Scarlet AllianceNational peak body for Australian sex workers and associated organisations.
Sexual Assault Crisis LineAfterhours crisis support line for Victorians impacted by sexual violence. 
Universities AustraliaNational peak body for the university sector in Australia. 
The Way Back Support ServiceSupporting people in days and weeks immediately after an attempted suicide or experience of suicidal crisis.
Disability and neurodiversity
Disability Australia HubOnline resources and information about Australian disability support organisations. 
Disability and Carers Australian Social Services website for people with disability and carers.  
Women with Disabilities AustraliaNational advocacy organisation for females and non-binary Australians with disability.
First Nations Disability Support AustraliaNational organisation for First Nations Australians with disability.
ADHD AustraliaNationwide advocacy and support for ADHD.
Neurodiversity HubDigital information and resource platform supporting neurodiversity across Australia.  
Health support Information
ButterflyResources for people affected by eating disorders / body image issues. 
LGBTIQ+ Health AustraliaNational peak organisation providing health support services for LGBTIQ+ people. 
MensLine Australia24/7 telephone and online counselling support for men in Australia. 
Head to Health Digital mental health resources provided by the Australian Government. 
Mind SpotFree online and telephone mental health support for adults.
TIACSAustralia-wide free telephone counselling support for blue-collar and rural workers. 
EmbraceNational mental health support and resource platform for multicultural people.
PANDANational helpline to support people with perinatal mental health challenges. 
HeadspaceNational mental health support service for young people under 25.
Reach Out NSW-based service providing online confidential peer support for young people. 
Kids HelplineNationwide 24/7 counselling service for youths aged 25 and under. 
MindframeThe way we communicate about mental health and wellbeing, mental health concerns, suicide, and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) can have either a positive or negative impact on a person’s life. Our words matter. 
Ways for wellbeing
MyCompassWays for Wellbeing Online self-help tool for mild to moderate mental health challenges. 
Smiling MindWays for Wellbeing Evidence-based digital mental wellbeing tools. 
Sane AustraliaWays for Wellbeing Online resources for people affected by complex mental health challenges. 
Minds TogetherWays for Wellbeing Research-based online support for mental health and suicide-related challenges.  
This Way UpWays for Wellbeing Free research-based online tools for mental wellbeing. 
Beyond BlueWays for Wellbeing Online resources and support for mental health. 
Mood GymWays for Wellbeing Online interactive program for mental welllbeing and developing self-coping skills. 
First In FamilyWays for Wellbeing Research-based online resources for first-in-family university students in Australia. 

Healthy mind and body

Looking after our mind and our thoughts are just as important as looking after our bodies to stay well. Becoming a university student is a whole new life experience and there may be times when you feel stressed or anxious.

Good nutrition and an active lifestyle boost your immune system and makes you feel good. This helps your mental health by reducing stress and improving your mood and sleep.

There are many apps available for Apple and Android users. Use the ReachOut quiz to help you find suitable tools.

We have put together some information below that includes ideas and resources so that you can look after your wellbeing.

Have you noticed that one of your mates is feeling a bit down or not their usual self? Head over to R U OK to find out how you can help them.

See more ideas and resources below to keep your mind and body healthy:


There's no one size fits all with meditation. It’s helpful to have someone guide you through your meditation, especially if you haven’t done it much before. Headspace has some great articles, walk throughs and tips on how to meditate.

There are also a range of free apps that can help you learn - all you need is your phone.


If you're feeling overwhelmed, hit the pause button on studying and find a good book to read. To truly disconnect, sometimes there's nothing better than unwinding and getting lost in a book. There are many self help; health and wellbeing books to read if you want to learn how to manage stress.


Not a huge fan of reading? Why not tune into these amazing resources. Grab your headphones and get comfy.

  • Spotify have created some relaxing playlists, perfect for when you're feeling a little overwhelmed. 
  • We've found some of the best Aussie podcasts to reboot your health and happiness this year.
  • The Top 3 TED Talks to improve your health & wellbeing might be more your thing.

Being kind to ourselves can be hard. Self-compassion is about accepting that you are human, you are valuable, and you are worthy.

Being self-compassionate can help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve your sense of self and your ability to think positively about a range of situations.

Here are 15 ways to be kinder to yourself today.


Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life and taking the time to express appreciation and return kindness. A gratitude journal can help you keep track of the good things in life. No matter how difficult life can be, it can help to focus on what you're grateful for.

Learn about the benefits and how to start your gratitude journal today.


When you think of improving your mental health, you may not think about changing the food you eat. There is a strong link between what we eat and how we feel. That's why eating a well-balanced diet as per the Australia Dietary Guidelines, is a great way to start.

To save and help you stick to your budget, you could try meal prepping. Check out Eat This Much for all your meal prepping needs.


We get it – when you’re feeling stressed or low you probably feel more like watching TV than being active. But it’s often when you least feel like it that you most need it. Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to be an extreme workout; it can be as simple as going for a walk or doing some Yoga.

The Australian physical activity and exercise guidelinesprovides information and resources on staying regularly active.


Good sleep is like a mental health superpower. When you get enough sleep it's easier to manage your emotions: you have more patience, and you deal with stressful situations better. Also, you reduce your risk of mental health challenges in the future.

The Sleep Foundationhave made it their mission to improve people’s lives through getting a better nights sleep. Check out their page on Good Sleep Habits to start implementing these into your routine.

If you’re struggling with sleep, it might help to practice these mindfulness tips.

Online courses

Have you done CDU's Mental Health Awareness Training?

This online course has been designed to support your understanding of mental health and how to manage any challenges to mental health. The learning outcomes are designed to empower you to make a difference in your own mental health and that of others. You will gain valuable skills either as a CDU employee or student.

Mental Health Awareness Training 

Safer communities 

Steps to a safer community

The University uses the CDU Safer communities framework (PDF, 1.27 MB) for improving community safety, pulling together a range of student-focused work under four pillars:

  • Behaviour management: early identification of students with concerning or threatening behaviour and interventions to ensure their safety and the safety of other staff and students. 
  • Respect Now Always: prevention of and response to gender-based violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault and exploitation. 
  • Diversity and inclusion: creating a welcoming environment free from discrimination where a diverse range of students can participate and succeed, and 
  • Mental health: building resilience and wellbeing amongst the student population.
Behaviour management

The Behaviour management pillar focuses on identifying students at risk and managing the impact of concerning or threatening behaviour, and includes:

  • Training for academics and front line staff in managing student behaviour
  • Code Black training for key staff
  • Processes for escalation of concerning or threatening behaviour
  • Establishment of a cross-university threat management group
  • Identification of external expertise
  • New Code of Conduct
  • Case management/ records system
Respect Now Always

The Respect.Now.Always pillar focuses on preventing gender-based violence and improving the CDU response to sexual assault or harassment. Our immediate priorities include:

  • Participating in the National Student Safety Survey
  • Online reporting tool
  • Recruitment and training of Contact Officers
  • Review of consent materials and roll out of fresh resources
  • Creation of resources for responsible use of alcohol & other drugs
  • Development of case management procedures
  • Articulation of zero tolerance stance in practice
  • Focus on IHD and other residential settings
Diversity and inclusion

The Diversity and inclusion pillar will ensure all students can participate and succeed in a welcoming environment free from discrimination.  The plan includes: 

Mental health

The Mental health pillar aims to reduce social isolation, connecting students with each other, with the University and with relevant community organisations. Understanding the importance of physical, emotional, financial and spiritual wellbeing, the plan includes:

  • an improved range of student services online and on campus, including chaplaincy, sexual health and budgeting/finance,
  • campus activation at all sites, building a strong community,
  • development of an international student support plan,
  • rollout of the suicide prevention toolkit, and
  • strategic partnerships with key community/ health partners.

Darwin medical services

These local medical practices are reasonably accessible by students from the Casuarina University campus (Northern Territory) using public transport.

Top End Medical Centre

2/11 Vanderlin Dr, Casuarina

(08) 8995 7900

Top End Medical Centre website

Vanderlin Drive Surgery

38 Vanderlin Drive, Casuarina

(08) 8945 5888

Palmerston Medical Clinic

6 Maluka Street, Palmerston

(08) 8932 5100

Palmerston Medical Clinic website


Top End Mental Health Service
Emergency Assessment Team

(08) 8999 4988

Top End mental health service website

Lifeline Top End (24-hour call)

13 11 14 or 08 8941 2365 (or, if calling from rural area – 1300 13 11 14)

Lifeline website

Royal Darwin Hospital (24-hour call)

13 11 14 or (08) 8922 8888)

RHD website

Wellbeing contact numbers

CDU Wellbeing Support line 24 hours

Tel: 1300 933 393

SMS: 0488 884 144

CDU Counselling Service

To make an appointment with a CDU counsellor, please book an appointment online or visit CDU Counselling for more information.

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