What you can do

Studies have shown that when you put feelings into words, you’re activating the ‘thinking’ part of your brain and reducing the ‘emotional response’ part of the brain.

Speak to friends and family

If you are stressed or feeling low, speaking to friends or family can help. Sharing our difficulties helps us organise our thoughts which can make the problem much clearer. Feedback from another person can help you to see new possibilities that you may not have thought. People who are close to you will also notice changes in your mood. They will probably know if you are not feeling your best and can provide you with ongoing support through difficult times.

Seek help early

If your difficulties are study-related, remember to seek help early. Ask a classmate or staff member for help. Remember that RMIT has great study resources such as the Study and Learning Centre.

Consider talking to a counsellor

If your problem is serious, ongoing or affecting your studies consider making an appointment at the Counselling Service.

How to connect at RMIT

  • The Counselling Service provides professional counselling to all students on each campus.
  • Student Support Advisors provide practical help, advice and support on accommodation, money and legal issues.
  • The Study and Learning Centre builds all your academic skills in a friendly environment with experienced teachers and students to guide you.
  • Chaplaincy provides compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths and none. Chaplaincy offers an ear, quiet spaces and a warm welcome; drop by for a tea or coffee.
  • Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands. The staff can assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to engage and re-engage with education, and offer ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.
  • RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) provides all RMIT students with fun events, representation and support. RUSU has over 90 clubs and societies that you can join and is available to assist with a range of support such as welfare, education issues, or using one of their safe spaces.
  • Equitable Learning Services (ELS) assist students living with a disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition.
  • Get free and confidential legal advice at the Student Legal Service.