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The mission of the Postgraduate Council is to provide information, support, representation and advice on issues that affect postgraduate students at UNSW and the wider postgraduate student population.

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PGC | Help and Support

Immediate Help

If you or a friend are in an emergency situation, call Triple Zero (Police/Ambulance/Fire): Ph: 000 | Ph: 112 (mobile phones with no network coverage)

"The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. You can contact Police, Fire or Ambulance in life threatening or emergency situations."

If you or a friend are struggling with suicidal ideation, call Lifeline: Ph: 13 11 14

"We are Australia's largest crisis support service, here to ensure you'll never face your darkest moment alone. The service is confidential and you'll be connected to a trained Lifeline Crisis Supporter who will be there to listen, without judgment."

Mental Health Support

Counselling Services

External Mental Health Services

Interactive Online Help

  • MindSpot Clinic: The MindSpot Clinic is a free online service for people dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety. They provide free online screening assessments to help you learn about your symptoms and free treatment courses to help you recover, as well as help to find local support services.
  • MoodGYM: MoodGYM is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles and helps you understand the relationship between your thoughts and emotions. It uses a variety of methods to help you deal with stress and depression, from information modules and games to relaxation techniques.
  • THIS WAY UP offers proven FREE online courses in Coping with Stress, Intro to Mindfulness, Managing Insomnia, Student Wellbeing
  • The Fridge is a self-serve resource for university students (and others) looking to manage better their time, goals, motivation, and well-being. 
  • ReachOut.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through tough times. Visit now to get the tools you need to make life easier.
  • MyCompass is an online self-help program for people who have been feeling down, stressed or anxious or simply want to build good mental health. It delivers proven psychological techniques used by psychologists to help you recognise unhelpful thoughts, feeling and behaviours and gain the skills to manage them. 
  • E-Couch Anxiety and Worry Program is an interactive self-help program developed by the Australian National University, which you can access anonymously and work through at your own pace. It provides evidence-based information, self-help tools and toolkits. 
  • Made-4-Me Program from Mental Health Online is a free program designed to help you learn skills and strategies relevant to your specific symptoms, including depression, anxiety and panic, and ultimately improve your quality of life. The Made-4-Me program includes information, videos, exercises, and optional support from a therapist via email, chat or video.

UNSW Services

General Health Support

Abuse & Discrimination Support

Domestic & Family Violence Services

"The NSW Domestic Violence Line provides counselling and referrals to women experiencing domestic and family violence."

Child Protection & Support Caring for Kids

Sexual Abuse / Assault Services

"Full Stop Australia provides free 24/7 telephone and online counselling. If you have experienced violence or abuse we are here to help you."

Harassment / Discrimination Services

Sexual Health, Sexuality and Relationship Support

Sexual Health Services

Gender & Sexuality Services

  • Twenty10 offers support, information and referrals to LGBTIQA+ people of all ages, their families, professionals and communities across NSW. 
  • QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Ph: 1800 184 527 or webchat (3:00pm-midnight, 365 days a year)

Relationship / Friendship Services

Addiction Support

Alcohol / Drug / Gambling Addiction Services

Grief Support

Suicide Services

Loss / Grief Support Services

Cancer

"Cancer Australia aims to enable people affected by cancer to access quality support and to better support each other."

"Canteen supports 12-25 year-olds dealing with their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one. Our services also now extend to parents, because when they cope better with cancer and communicate openly, their children are likely to experience less distress and anxiety."

Financial & Housing Support

Financial Hardship

Housing / Tenancy / Homelessness Services

Translation Services

"The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairs for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients."

"If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, the National Relay Service (NRS) can help you."

Voice Relay (Speak and Listen): Ph: 1300 555 727

TTY number: Ph: 133 677

SMS relay number: Ph: 0423 677 767