There are affordable, confidential services in the community who are willing to help you with issues that are impacting your life, and which may be affecting your mental health and well being, and/or your academic performance. There may be things that are worrying you, but you are afraid or embarrassed to talk about them with someone you know. Individual counselling gives you the chance to talk about your concerns in a safe environment. There is no shame in seeking support and guidance. In fact, it is a show of strength to ask for help when you need it.

Seeing a counsellor can be a very daunting, yet rewarding experience. You only need to say as much as you are comfortable with. Counsellors and psychologists don’t prescribe drugs, they offer a ‘talking cure’ and can help you to understand the way you are feeling, and the thoughts that you are having. They can really help if you are feeling a bit lonely, sad or just not feeling like yourself. They can also help with depression, anxiety, and other mental illness.

There are lots of different services available, and many different ways to access them. Some charge a fee, while others provide a “no gap payment” service on Medicare and Overseas Students Health Care.

Here are just a few services available to you:

Uplift Psychological Services (http://upliftpsychologicalservices.com.au/)
– face to face counseling.

Headspace (https://headspace.org.au/)
– face to face counseling, online counseling, group web forums.

Uni’s crisis line (0488 884 429) – SMS counseling

Lifeline (131 114) – telephone counseling

Twenty 10 (https://www.twenty10.org.au/get-support/lets-talk/)
– face to face, online, telephone counseling – for people who are LGBTQIA+

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (https://www.rape-dvservices.org.au/contact-us)
– telephone and online counseling

If you have any questions about how to find help please email help@src.usyd.edu.au, or if you prefer a face-to-face appointment, you can call 9660 5222 to book a suitable time. We are happy to help you.