COVID-19 Mental Health Support

Jill Newby, Clinical Psychologist, Black Dog Institute and UNSW. Duration:17:42. 


Help and support is just a phone call or website away

If you are feeling anxious, frustrated, hopeless or angry and these thoughts are impacting your daily life, it's important to get some help and support. Help and support can come in many forms including; counselling phone lines, websites, online support groups or confidential telehealth counselling.

At Psychology and Wellness, we provide confidential counselling for all currently enrolled UNSW students. Telehealth and face to face appointments can be made via  Mental Health Connect

Help and support can also be found on the UNSW After Hours Mental Health Support line (5pm-9am:) on: (02) 9385 5418 International students, based outside Australia can call +61 2 8905 0307 anytime of the day or night (24/7)


Where and when to get help

When and where to get help

Jan Venter, Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist, Psychology and Wellness. Duration:2:09.

Want to see how you are really going?

Find out more with Black Dog's personal mental health check-in

24/7 online support and self help resources

The Black Dog institute:  Find out more on how to look after your mental health with Black Dog's COVID-19 webinars, online clinic, resources and apps.

Headspace:Online chat and telephone support

Beyond Blue : For more information on how to look after your mental health.

COVID-19 resources for culturally diverse communities.  This page has mental health information in multiple languages.

How to look after your mental health

Jan Venter, Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist, Psychology and Wellness, How to look after your mental health during COVID-19. Duration 1:47

Tips for dealing with COVID-19:

Try to separate things that are in your control from things from things that are not in your control.

Try some breathing and mindfulness techniques or find something to distract you to help you relax. Check out some meditations here by Laura Kampel.

Seek reliable information from the Media and government sources

Set limits to news on virus (once or twice a day)

Staying up to date about uni life


For out more on how to manage anxiety here: 

 Jan Venter, Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist, Psychology and Wellness, Managing Anxiety, Duration 3:02 

Self help apps

My compass now: A personalised self help tool for your mental health. Produced by the Black Dog Institute

Smiling mind: Free Mindfulness app, short mindfulness exercises for adults and kids

Support for students and staff

UNSW provides regular updates, advice and FAQs for staff and students. 

If you are a student who needs help or support you should contact: The Nucleus and Student Support advisors.

UNSW offers confidential counselling for staff through Benestar, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


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