Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Mental health resources

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

A range of resources are available to help you maximise your mental health, and support others on campus. Explore the links for details.

  1. Mental Health Policy
  2. Mental health crisis response
  3. Counselling
  4. Telephone helplines
  5. On campus training
  6. Online training and self-help 
  7. Resources for managers
  8. Events and groups
  9. UWA contacts

Mental health crisis response

Know what to do in the event of a mental health emergency on campus.

It's also important to have a general understanding of how to assist someone who appears to have a mental health issue in a non-crisis situation.

Counselling and referral

  • Free confidential counselling sessions are available on the Crawley campus (for students and staff) or off campus via PeopleSense (staff only). Find out more about student counselling or the Employee Assistance Program available to staff, including online programs and a Manager Assistance Program telephone service.
  • Low cost individual or group therapy programs are available through the Robin Winkler Clinic at the School of Psychology. Clients are seen by clinical psychology trainees who are completing a Master of Psychology or Doctorate of Psychology (supervised by a Clinical Psychologist). A number of specific group programs are offered at various times, on topics including quitting smoking, weight management and more.
  • GPs, and a part-time Mental Health Nurse at our on-site Medical Centre can provide assistance and referral for staff and students in relation to mental health issues.

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Telephone helplines (external)

  • Mental Health Emergency Response Line: 1300 555 7888. 24/7. For an immediate telephone response from a mental health professional.
  • Lifeline Crisis Line: 13 11 14 (local call). 24/7. Crisis support and suicide prevention services. Online chat service also available. 
  • Beyond Blue Information & Support Line: 1300 224 636. 24/7.  Chat online or email also available.
  • Crisis Care (24 hours): (08) 9223 1111  or 1800 199 008 (country free call). 24/7. For urgent, serious issues such as domestic violence, child welfare, homelessness, family conflict, and a need for counselling.

On-campus training

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Online training or self-help

There are now a range of good quality, evidence-based programs available online that can assist with personal development or self-help.
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions. Has a range of modules that can be completed online, such as "Back From The Bluez" and "Keeping the Balance".
  • Moodgym. Online program to use ways of thinking and develop skills which can help prevent depression.
  • myCompass. An interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians.
  • beyondblue mental health awareness e-learning programs. A range of free short e-learning modules that examine myths and misconceptions about common mental health conditions, as well as how to have a conversation about mental health in the workplace.
  • eCouch (Australian National University). A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.
  • the desk. A free online program aimed at providing Australian tertiary students with strategies and skills for success and wellbeing.

Resources for managers

Events and groups

  • Staff Social Club: Various events are held throughout the year, providing UWA employees and their families with the opportunity to meet new people, have fun and socialise outside of working hours.
  • Mental Health Week events: Various events are held in October each year.
  • Spiritual life: There are a range of services and groups which support spiritual life for both staff and students at the University including Chaplains, prayer rooms, support groups and events (eg. Quiet Days and Retreats)
  • UniMentor: Matches first year students with second year or more experienced students in the same faculty.
  • Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE): Open to postgraduate students and staff, LACE provides opportunities to meet people from many different countries and cultures. Relax, chat, play games, watch films, socialise - all for free.
  • Students Passionate About Mental Health (SPAMH): A group of medical students dedicated to raising awareness about the link between mental health, general health and wellbeing.  
  • Befriending program: Connects international and local UWA students through fun activities and meet-ups.
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UWA contacts

  • Human Resources assistance is available for managers and supervisors as well as individual staff members in relation to discussing or managing mental-health related issues. Safety, Health and Wellbeing (have a dedicated Occupational Therapist who specialises in mental health), Employee Relations or Equity and Diversity contacts may be of assistance. 
  • Students requring assistance can contact Counselling and Psychological Services.
  • UniAccess can provide assistance for any UWA student who has a medical condition or disability that is likely to have an impact on their performance. They can also provide information and support to staff.
  • Faculty Advisers provide information for students on course arrangements.
  • Equity and Diversity Advisers are an informed and confidential source of advice and assistance to any member of the UWA campus community who has a query or concern regarding an equity or diversity matter.
  • Guild Student Assist Officers can offer academic and financial information, support and advocacy to students
  • The UWA Staff Health and Wellbeing program offers a range of events and services to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals, both physical and psychological.

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