Online mental health programs and apps

Mental Health First Aid training course for UOW students

The Counselling team is offering UOW students the opportunity to participate in a free, self-paced, online Mental Health First Aid training course. This course teaches you how to assist a fellow student who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Register your expression of interest here

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Course

UOW students and staff are invited to participate in a free, online QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training Course being offered by the UOW Counselling team. The self-paced course can be accessed at any time, and takes approximately an hour to complete.

Register your expression of interest here

Community support and services

Getting involved in both the UOW and local community can be a great way to start forming valuable connections. Check out some of the services available to students below.

Online self-managed courses

  • The desk: Online course to assist you stay calm, be more productive, and improve your wellbeing and relationships.
    The desk is developed by the University of Queensland to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. The desk has free online modules, tools, quizzes, and advice that can help people improve their wellbeing and study more effectively. There are four modules that aim to assist students stay calm, be more productive, and improve their wellbeing and relationships.

  • eCentreClinic: Online treatment courses for people with common mental health and chronic physical health conditions.
    The eCentreClinic is a specialist research clinic and a not-for-profit initiative of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. We develop and evaluate state-of-the-art free online treatment courses for people with common mental health and chronic physical health conditions.
    The site focuses on treatments for people with symptoms of depression, excessive worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, post-traumatic stress and a range of other common mental health difficulties. We are also developing self-management programs to help people manage the impact of significant chronic health conditions such chronic pain, diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, lung disease, gastrointestinal disease, chronic kidney disease and a range of other conditions.

  • Centre For Clinical Intervention (CCI): Online treatment for complex anxiety, affective disorders and eating disorders
    The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a clinical psychology service of the Department of Health in WA.
    CCI was established to provide expert best-practice psychological interventions for people suffering from anxiety, mood and eating disorders, to disseminate these evidence-supported treatments, and to conduct research to further improve the outcomes of treatments.
    CCI provides
    • Self- help course, resources and workshops, on a wide variety of mental health issues
    • Online treatment for people suffering from complex anxiety, affective disorders and eating disorders
  • Black Dog Institute: Online Treatment resources for mood disorders, PTSD and self harm
    Black Dog Institute operates in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Website has an online treatment platform for anxiety, depression, Bipolar, PTSD, self-harm and wellness as well as access and referral to a therapist and treating team. The website includes links to podcasts and self-help tools and apps.

  • THIS WAY UP: Online Treatment for anxiety and depression
    is an online program for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

  • Headspace: Support and Counselling with a youth focus (ages 12-25). Suitable for friends and family.
    Headspace centres are located across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia. Each centre can help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug or work and study issues.

  • Mental Health in Multicultural AustraliaMulticultural support & interpreter
    Provided links to multicultural mental health services around Australia and links to language and translating services around Australia, such as TIS national (Phone: 1300 655 820; Immediate phone interpreting: 131 450)|

  • ACON: Online information and support for the LGBTi Community
    NSW based health promotion organisation for the LGBTI community.

  • e-Safety CommissionerOnline safety, domestic violence, image based abuse
    Information on online safety, cyberbullying, legislation regarding your rights and how to make a report though the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)
  • Cracks in the Ice or national Drug and alcohol line 1800 250 015: Online treatment of addictions
    Breaking the Ice is an internet-based brief early intervention for psychostimulant use, including ice (crystal methamphetamine). The intervention draws on cognitive behavioural therapy and motivation enhancement training. Information and webinars. National Drug and Alcohol line 1800 250 015

Downloadable apps

Smiling Mind - Meditation/ Mindfulness

Smiling Mind is modern meditation - a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. Their mindfulness meditation programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life. Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.

Cost: free


When you’re studying hard for an exam, often the first thing to go out the window is your sleep cycle. You stay up late, you wake up early… And even if you’re not spending all night studying, you’re spending all night thinking about studying, which is just as disruptive.

Recharge can help with that. The app helps track your sleep schedule, gives you some activities to do in the morning to get the blood pumping, allows you to track your mood, and – maybe best of all – comes with a super-loud, super-effective wake-up alarm.

Cost: free


One of the hardest things to do when preparing for exams is getting into a good study routine. It’s just so easy to get distracted by the internet, friends, your phone or games.

Enter HabitBull. A motivational app, HabitBull allows you to track and input good habits, even giving you a score based on how well you’re keeping up with routines. It’s great for noticing patterns in your behavior, too: maybe there are specific days when you’re more alert than others, or maybe you tend to work better on the weekends rather than on week nights.

Cost: free