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Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Along with getting you started on your remote learning journey, your health and wellbeing is our number one priority here at UOW.

Being proactive in maintaining your wellbeing is essential, and we encourage everyone to take the time to recognise the factors in your lives that will help you to be successful throughout this period of transition. This process is unique to everyone, but taking care of your mental health and wellbeing is every bit as important as maintaining your physical health.

There are many channels which offer mental health and wellbeing support and advice available online.

Check out the UOW Counselling page for more information.

Feeling overwhelmed?

UOW is here to help with all of your needs, both academically and emotionally, as we move online. We understand that with change can come stress, so it is especially important to look after yourself during this time, and reach out if you need assistance.

Our full range of support services is now available online to all students via the Student Support website, which include the following:

  • Counselling and mental health support
  • Career consultations and employment opportunities
  • Peer Coaches and Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  • Student Support Advisers (general academic and personal welfare support)

For immediate assistance in a crisis, visit the UOW Crisis Support Services website.

You can also receive support and help through:

Stay social and connected

Now more than ever, it is important to maintain relationships, and stay connected with colleagues, friends and family. The beauty of technology and social media is we aren’t completely isolated from each other.

Picking up the phone, Facetiming a friend, or jumping on apps such as ‘Houseparty’ (where you can host trivia matches with a group of mates) are all fun ways to keep in touch with each other from afar.

If you wish to stay connected to the UOW Community, there are a number of student social pages or online groups you could join.

For more inspiration, discover 9 ways to socialise and connect while you’re in lockdown.

Get moving

Keeping fit during isolation is a great way to boost your mental health, and your capacity to cope with any changes or challenges that may come. Staying active from home is quickly becoming the new norm, with more and more health and fitness professionals posting workout ideas online. Many of these do not require special gym equipment, and include a range of activities, from yoga, dance classes, boxing, boot camps, and many more.

A great example of an online class you can try is our very own UniActive, who have moved their group fitness online. Visit the UniActive facebook page for details on upcoming online classes, why not try it with a friend!

Getting outdoors in the fresh air is also extremely beneficial. Why not map out a good walk around your neighbourhood and aim to reach 10,000 steps per day!

Discover more ways to stay physically active in lockdown

Dealing with worry and anxiety

It is completely normal to be experiencing stress or anxiety as we adjust to the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing worldwide. We all react differently in stressful situations, but it is important to understand that you are not alone with your concerns. Check out the full range of support services at UOW to see how we can help you.

Here are some further tips and tricks for coping with anxiety and worrying during this time.

Please be aware that the University is still open and our staff are here to assist where we can.

Please reach out to our Student Hotline on +61 4221 5700
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday for any questions or concerns you have.

Don’t know where to start with remote learning?

If you have any questions about the above or would like some further advice, please feel free to contact a Peer Coach via the LiveChat on the website. We are always happy to help students navigate university and the new world of remote delivery.

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