Living alone overseas and study at uni can be hard sometimes, therefore, at La Trobe, we want to remind you that we are here for you.
Australia and New Zealand University Mental Health Day is Tuesday 1st May. A University Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of the mental health and wellbeing of those who study and work in higher education settings.
This year’s theme for Universities Mental Health Day is Community. A sense of connectedness is a crucial component of positive mental health. Social connection is fundamental to our mental health as it creates a sense of belonging, boosts resilience and aids recovery from physical or mental illness.
The statistics on mental ill health are staggering with at least 26% of young people having had an episode of mental illness by the time they are 25 years old. However, we can all make a difference by connecting and supporting each other, especially when we notice someone who might be struggling or feeling isolated. I would encourage you to consider how you personally can contribute to promoting a sense of belonging and community at La Trobe.
Free Services you can access on campus:
- Students can access our Counselling service 9-5pm with after-hours support available for emergencies, or if you don’t have an appointment, you can attend to their drop-in sessions every weekday at 1:45pm.
- Students can also access and register with Equity and Diversity for assistance with adjustments to study, due to mental health issues.
- Other support available: Wellbeing
Other free services you can access:
- There are also a range of external supports and resources available, including Beyond Blue and Headspace for young people. You can also contact Lifeline for access to 24-hour support and suicide prevention services.
- Better Health Channel: It’s ok to be sad
Or if you are unsure and want to discuss your case/situation with someone, you can contact the International Student Support team and one of our members will happily assist you. Call us on 039479 1199 or ONLINE.