Mental Health

Addressing mental health problems often entails a wholistic view of managing body, social connections and thought processes.

As well as exploring the material above, you can dig a little deeper and take some detailed information from the booklets below or grab some of our resources on managing mental health problems.

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Printed booklets are available at Counselling Support offices at North Terrace, Roseworthy and Waite campuses. All the mental health related books have BLUE covers.  Note: Printed booklets currently unavailable.

The following pages on the wellbeing hub website will provide additional information that may help you.

Page Description
Extension policy for health conditions at AU Review the criteria for assessment extensions based on mental health conditions (this is classified as 'medical circumstances'). 
The breath The breath is a remarkably powerful mind-body connection which we can use effectively to manage our physical and mental health.
Mind & body We spend much of our lives constantly connected to events, screens and people - forgetting to be present with ourselves.
Exercise Regular exercise may be one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Be positive

This is doing stuff that feels good, having fun, 'letting the good times roll'. More than this, it can include maximising good feelings like curiosity, appreciation, compassion and wonder.

Sleep better Sleep can help us feel refreshed, re-energised, help with focus and concentration, and improve memory, whilst also allowing our body and mind to do necessary repair work.
Useful Techniques

Fortunately there are many useful techniques and skills that can help us function and adapt to our particular circumstances. 

Services providing face to face treatment

Services providing other forms of support

Services providing online treatment 

Emergency services

mental health first aid is for everyone, everywhere

Mental Health First Aid Training

This course teaches people (18 years and over) how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolved.

The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA guidelines 

What is the standard mental health first aid course?

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be helpful.

Topics covered 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course format

  • Training is free for students and $200 for staff per person. For registration or for further information please contact Jill Allen
  • The course runs over 2 consecutive days as face to face training

Who can attend 

  • Students of the University of Adelaide (18 years or over) - there are no prerequisites for this course.

Course dates

  • Staff dates

    • 17 & 18 January 2022 (Mon & Tues)
    • 7 & 8 February 2022 (Mon & Tues)
    • 5 & 6 April 2022 (Tues & Wed)
    • 3 & 4 May 2022 (Tues & Wed)

  • Student dates

    • 21 & 22 March 2022 (Mon & Tues)
    • 11 & 12 April 2022 (Mon & Tues)
    • 17 & 18 May 2022 (Tues & Wed)