Staff Training

Good mental health and wellbeing are key to a supportive and thriving university community. We all have a role to play in building this together. 

As staff, we are often well placed to notice, engage and support students with challenges to wellbeing. But with pressures on time, knowing what to do can be daunting. There are a range of flexible training options available at the University to help build confidence around supporting distressed students, improving mental health literacy or becoming a Mental Health First Aider. 

Explore the training options below to find out what meets your needs.

  • "I want to improve my general mental health awareness"

    A new Mental Health Awareness online program has been launched to support staff to more effectively manage mental health and wellbeing at work. These three modules will assist you to gain an increased awareness of you own mental health, prioritise and implement self-care, and explore strategies to support yourself and your colleagues. 

    Start the course


  • "I want to have real and relevant conversations about mental health"

    Australian Universities have developed a conversational approach to supporting mental health entitled Real Talk. A workbook explains the Real Talk Framework and provides examples on how to:

    • Notice changes in someone's mood and behaviour
    • Inquire by asking if they are ok
    • Provide support to those you are concerned about

    It also contains some great self care information and support services here at the University.

    Download it and explore at your own pace.

    Real Talk Framework

  • "I want to become a Mental Health First Aider"

    This 2 day workshop is available to staff who are interested in further developing their skills in providing initial support to people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The training is accredited by Mental Health First Aid (Australia) and is now free for all staff.

    MHFA booking info

  • "I want to support distressed students more confidently"

    Staff often ask us how they can better manage responses to students who are distressed. Students in distress is a comprehensive workshop that provides clear ideas and guideline on what to do and who to ask for support. 

    • The workshop is aimed at staff and can be provided to small or larger groups
    • 1 hour in duration
    • No cost

    For further information please contact Counselling Support

    Short on time? No problem. Here are some introductory, practical videos that take you through the do’s and don’ts of talking with distressed, disorientated or angry students.


    Angry Student - helpful approach

    Angry student - unhelpful approach

    Concerning Behaviour - helpful approach

    Concerning Behaviour - unhelpful approach

    Distressed Student - helpful approach

    Distressed Student - unhelpful approach