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External resources

Here are some sites which we have reviewed, at the time of review these sites had what we would consider useful and research based information. Due to the rapidly changing nature of information on the web please consider what you might read on each site:

Psychological Wellbeing

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) was established in 1972 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The organisation has expanded steadily over past 30 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services

Anxiety

The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource
This is a not for profit US service which includes an online chat facility.

Reconnexion (Previously referred as Panic Anxiety and Depression Assistance, PADA)
Treating panic, anxiety, depression and tranquilliser dependency. This organisation runs individual and group programs in Melbourne. Has discounted fees for students.

ADAVIC
This site has useful information and a good listing of support groups available in Victoria.

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression
Excellent site run by St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and University of New South Wales. Offers research information and self help material.

Body Image

Body Positive
This site promotes positive attitudes to body image. It has exercises which encourage you to examine your attitudes to your body and your eating behaviour.

Depression

ANU’s MoodGYM
ANU have developed a comprehensive interactive site which offers cognitive behavioural ideas for working with depression and anxiety. It is easy to use and has lots of opportunities for tailoring the ideas to your particular issues.

Dark Side of the Mood
This is on the ABC website and covers a range of topics including:

DepNet
Australian information and networking service. Lots of interaction and debate.

Beyond Blue
This is the Australian site which looks at depression. The fact sheets are good, especially the one on managing your sleep cycle.

The part of the Beyond Blue site which is aimed at young people. There is a lot of input from young people.

Depression & Bipolar Disorder
The Black Dog Institute, a clinical, research and educational body dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression in severe cases). It is Australian.

Drug & Alcohol Use

Do It Now
This site provides extensive information about drugs.

Go Ask Alice
Interactive site coming from Columbia University. Has lots of Q&A on a wide range of issues including drug and alcohol use.

Drug Watch
DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Virgina Tech - Party Positive
This is a terrific university based site which generates resources on alcohol use. It has a lot of very interesting and very user friendly information on how much alcohol is “safe” and what the immediate, short term and longer term consequences of alcohol use are. It really encourages protective behaviours and talks about staying in the “Pleasure Zone” rather than the “Zone of Regret”.

Eating Disorders

Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders
This is part of the centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Good list of treatment options.

The Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria
The Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria (EDFV) is a non-profit incorporated association founded in the mid 1980's to support those whose lives are affected by eating disorders, and to better inform the community about these disorders.

The Butterfly Foundation
The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends. As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.

Gambling

Gpack- Young People Gambling and Problem Gambling Resource Kit developed by problem gambling Victoria.

Mental Health

Dr Bob Mental Health Links
This is a site which comes out of the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry. Dr Bob is Robert Hsuing, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.

The site has an enormous collection of mental health related information. It is worth a wander through and a look.

Psychology Self help resources on the net
Good collection of links on websites providing free information and help about specific disorders related to psychology.

Resources

Infoxchange Australia Services Seeker
This is a directory of health and support services in Australia put together by a group called “Technology for Social Justice”. All services listed are run by not for profit or government agencies. You can search for service by topic, eg “youth”.

Self Harm

If you self harm you need to speak to someone in person. We strongly encourage you to make and appointment at the Counselling Service.

The following site provides support and information who helf harm: healthinsite.gov.au

Sexuality/Sexual Health

Reach Out
This site looks at a range of issues affecting young people: mental health drug and alcohol use and sexuality.

Go Ask Alice
The Columbia University website has a very good interactive site which looks at a range of issues including sexuality.

Dr Bob Virtual Pamphlet collection
The virtual pamphlet collection has a whole selection of links to material on sexual orientation and sexuality. It is all aimed at university populations.

Sleep

Sleep and Insomnia: University of Queensland
Material from the University of Queensland on sleep and insomnia.

How to get great sleep: Psychology Today
Comprehensive article from Psychology Today "How to Get Great Sleep"

Stress Management

Dr Bob Virtual pamplet collection: Stress Management
This is a collection of brochures from different university counselling services. In the section labelled "Stress" there is a great range of materials, from self management tips to descriptions exercises to try.

Mindfulness Meditation Excercises
Mindfulness & Relaxation exercises available as audio files which can be downloaded to mp3 players.

University Life

First Year at UniMelb on Facebook
Online web blog about first year university experience.

Postgrad Study

UK GRAD Programme
This is a great English site with lots of ideas for postgrads, especially around transition to work.

Grad Resources
This is an American site. The articles section is useful, especially on the emotional stresses and time management.

PhinisheD
This is a site were people who are struggling to finish their theses support one another. The FAQ section has good material on procrastination and relationships with supervisors. There is a great section on archived discussions.

Procastination

Wikepedia - Procastination
Overview of procastinaiton and good links to websites and articles.

Iprocastinte Podcasts
Fantastic podcasts on what we can do to self regulate our behaviour more effectively.

Time Management

Time Management Video by Randy Pauch
Good video on time management.

Motivation & Study

Study Strategies home page
Helpful tips on study strategies and motivation.

Motivation and emotion
Links to articiles and websites which review motivation and emotion.

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