Online Interactive Programs

Below are some links to resources that we have reviewed and chosen as useful for common student issues. Before you use these please remember they are not tailored to suit individual situations (i.e., they are not 1-size fits all. Ultimately, nothing can replace the individualised nature of face to face counselling. The tools here are a good starting point for self-help as they come from reliable sources and are shown to work for many people. Always, remember if you are concerned about yourself or another person and need help ASAP, call Lifeline on 131 114.

thedesk

thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. Providing resources online means that more people will be able to get help to improve their wellbeing and be able to study more effectively. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice.

Modules

thedesk provides students with information and skills to help them be relaxed, energised, and connected during their time at university. It empowers them to manage their own problems as they arise.

Tools

Tools make it easy for you to apply the skills you learn in the modules whenever you need to.

Advice

Information on where to go for help for a range of academic and personal issues.

Quizzes

Find out how you're going across a wide range of areas related to wellbeing. Your answers stay private and you receive immediate feedback about your results. You can also repeat the quizzes from time-to-time and monitor your improvement.

Information

A variety of factsheets and links are provided, relating to a range of common issues faced by students at your university.

Depression and anxiety

Depression, anxiety, and other stuff (e.g., relationships, grief, study skills, eating disorders, divorce)

Relationships

Drug and Alcohol

Web addiction

SelfControl and Cold Turkey are free and open-source applications for Mac OS X (10.5 or above)  and PCs that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Cold Turkey will also block games and programs. They both work by you setting  a period of time to block the particular site, game or program for. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites or programs, even if you restart your computer or delete the application

Apps

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.

This free app allows you to ring a mindfulness bell when you want or set it to go off at intervals throughout the day.

Developed for  was veterans this app offers exercises, information, and a tracking log so that you can optimize your practice. Mindfulness Coach was created by VA's National Center for PTSD and DoD's National Center for Telehealth & Technology.

Quality of online help

Mindhealthconnect is  a website aimed at making it easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia's leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government, mindhealthconnect helps you to find information you can trust.

Beacon provides consumer and research reviews and rankings of online e-health programs for mental and physical health disorders.

Reach Out have a professionals section that offers online tools and app reviews by professionals and young people.