As the world responds to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that students in our community may be experiencing feelings of increased anxiety and distress. 

While it’s normal to be concerned, there are simple and effective steps you can take to look after yourself, and the people around you.

Look after your health

Follow the latest advice

We can all help stop the spread of coronavirus by practising good hygiene and following credible sources for the latest information.

Worried about your health?

It's normal to worry. Follow these tips if you are physically well but feel anxious about coronavirus.

Look after your wellbeing

Watching news unfold about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can sometimes appear frightening. It's normal to feel worried or anxious during times of uncertainty and there are ways to maintain perspective. 

The five ways to wellbeing will assist you in taking better care of yourself and finding a balance in your life.

1. Take notice

Notice how you feel right now and try naming the feelings. It’s okay not to be okay. This challenge brings many feelings like: uncertainty, health concerns, or feeling isolated. These are normal responses that many others feel too.

2. Connect

We all need each other's support to grow and flourish, and though we might not be able see each other face to face, we can still spend time with our family, friends, clubs and societies online. 

3. Learn

You have skills and you have resilience. Have confidence that things will improve and that you are learning new skills that will help you in your life and work.

4. Be Active

Now is the time to weave self-care into your daily life as you adjust to this new way of studying and living. Develop a routine that supports your mind and body, with time for regular breaks. Be realistic about what you can do each day. 

5. Give

There are others like you who might be waiting for someone to reach out. When you care for others and exercise compassion, it's good for your own wellbeing.

Care for your mental health

Australia's leading mental health organisations have advice and support.

Stay connected

At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family or contact a helpline for emotional support.

Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to focus on topics that make you feel worried. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too.

Reach out for support

There are plenty of options available, including:

Referral and advice

Call RMIT Connect +61 3 9925 5000

Urgent counselling support

If you need to talk to someone right away about your worries or concerns, call RMIT’s crisis support line on 1300 305 737 (after hours)

RMIT Counsellors

Make an appointment to speak to an RMIT Counsellor by phone

Report unwanted or threatening behaviour

It doesn't matter where or when it happened, Safer Community at RMIT can support you. Call +61 9925 2396 or email

Your local GP

Book a long appointment with your local GP to discuss your mental health and wellbeing

Coronavirus information

RMIT coronavirus hotline (staff and student enquiries relating to coronavirus): +61 3 9925 5005


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