1 in 4 students is dealing with a mental health issue.

Here, other students let them know that it's OK to not be OK.

Nick's story

I felt like I was alone. I felt like I had something wrong with me and I didn't know how to get through it.

Nick | RMIT Alumni

What it's like

It feels like there’s no one else who feels the way I feel.

Sarah | RMIT Student

Towards exams, I was so stressed and worried I could barely sleep or eat. I felt anxious, nervous and depressed and I felt hopeless like I couldn’t do anything.

Has | RMIT Student

Sometimes I feel like the insides of my body are dying on me.

Ben | RMIT Student

I struggled getting out of bed, I couldn’t go to uni. I was awake for over 20 hours a day or asleep for 18 hours at a time. I even failed a class. It was a tough time.

Dana | RMIT Student

Your mind becomes an internal battle of thoughts that you’re paralysed from.

Claire | RMIT Student

Stigma is convincing yourself that you are not allowed to be who you are, because of someone else’s judgement of your character.

Caitlyn | RMIT Student

Messages of support

I have suffered from major depression and anxiety for over ten years. My first years of uni were plagued by manic episodes, panic attacks, and weeks of depressive episodes. I had an eating disorder, self-harmed dangerously, my sister had passed away the year before I started my first year of uni, and I was drowning underneath it all. But I sought help from professionals, my family, and my friends. I'm now a postgraduate student, and I haven't had a relapse in three years. Ask for help, I promise you, it will help. Time makes warriors and survivors of us all. You are worth the effort to help yourself, always.

Ella | RMIT Student

It can sometimes be hard to believe, but a lot of the time people are willing to listen to you or feel the same things you do. I am more than happy to listen to anyone that needs it!

Renee | RMIT Student

This year was the worst year of my life. Depression took over my life. However, I finally reached out for help and it changed everything. Although you may not think people will care, they will. Just know you are not alone in this, and you will soon find happiness again.

Mel | RMIT Student

Everyone is fighting their own battle, and it is perfectly fine not to be okay all the time. In a world full of choices, please always choose to be kind.

Jenny | RMIT Student

I'd like to offer a message of allegiance and support to all those students courageous enough to battle study while suffering from a mental illness. It is immensely difficult but there are options out there, you are NOT alone, and the staff at RMIT are very supportive. This year I will graduate from an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing despite being hospitalised twice for major depression, and I couldn't have done it without RMIT's disability support program and the amazing support of my teachers.

Mia | RMIT Student

Be the voice that someone else can’t be. Being a little more emotional is a good thing. If you think it’s not - then you just haven’t found the right people yet.

Bec | RMIT Student

Seeking help from a psychiatrist positively changed my life. Please seek help if you are feeling down - it can go away.

Nick | RMIT Student

As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder for four years, it means the world for people to share their support and struggles. Hard times can bring a community of amazing people together to help one another strive for recovery and wellbeing. I wish mental health was more discussed in a way to help people. Hopefully this little message maybe will help others.

Miranda | RMIT Student

It's OK if all you did today was survive. Tomorrow brings a another day to try again.

Adam | RMIT Student

I admire the courage it takes to disclose mental illness. Even though mental health awareness is on the increase, stigma around severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia is still pervasive.

Elizabeth | RMIT Student

I support this, it so important.

Catherine | RMIT Student

You are loved, worthy and stronger than you know. Don't give up now, there really is whole future ahead of you. Even if you can't see it yet :) :) :)

Janelle | RMIT Student

Someone else said, “Please don't try to be alone in the darkness. Don't torture yourself. Don't torture you. Please". Remember you are beautiful, amazing in every way, regards of your mental health. Just get support earlier, like speaking to your doctor, friends, families and RMIT Wellbeing. Just remember you are not alone. You’ve got a voice. Speak up and always remember, don't let the mental health define who you are as a person. I believe in everyone. You can do it and there is a light at the end of the tunnel when you speak with someone.

Awetash Belayneh | RMIT Student

Look up, boo! This will pass - just keep going. Just try to survive. The Headspace app has guided meditations. You should also exercise, eat healthy, or speak to someone. You are important and loved, even if sometimes you don't feel it. You matter!!!! Everything is OK, it really is :)

Trayana | RMIT Student

Everything will be better

Mashael | RMIT Student

I have just recently been diagnosed with extreme case of severe clinical depression. I let it happen to myself, by letting stuff pile up. Currently on anti-depressants and undergoing therapy as well. Now, for people like me who are going through the same thing, I am not going to say it is okay - because, I know for a fact you do not feel okay. You do not feel like getting out of bed, you lose your appetite, you avoid social circles and many more. However, no matter how difficult it might seem, start by admitting to yourself that you need help. There is nothing wrong with it. Our brain is just like any other organ in our body. Reach out to me if you want someone to talk to, I will listen. You are not alone in this.

Udoy | RMIT Student

Everyone goes through struggles and fights battles we know nothing of, which is why it’s important to treat everyone kindly irrespective of the situation and try to be understanding. It can be like falling into a deep dark hole when we feel like we are all alone with no one to turn to, talk to or understand or struggling to keep the head above the water for a person who can’t swim. It’s a fight to simply get out of bed every day let alone do other work. We all face it at some point of our life. We only have each other so if we don't support each other who will????? You are strong, brave and courageous to stand tall representing all of us. Keep going - you will succeed!!!!!! Great initiative...Meanwhile go out there and do the little things that make you happy. Even small things matter…

Dulmin | RMIT Student

Don't surround yourself with bad people. Be alone if you must. Seek out free counselling services or public youth groups. Make sure you are eating, drinking, exercising and sleeping. Don't be afraid to try medication. Don't rely on recreational drugs - they worsen your symptoms ten-fold. If you are distant with your parents, reach out to them. If you don't feel safe around them, confide in an employee at RMIT. They will guide you to someone who can help you. You must try every possible step to get better. And remember, this too shall pass. There is a gift amongst all the pain.

Bec | RMIT Student

I’m an international student. The stress we get is even more severe. When life and study collides, when you are alone in a foreign country, when it’s hard to blend in...my suggestion is stop trying too hard. It’s really ok not to be ok. You need to know how to “breathe”. And I love the idea of this campaign, hope it could really help people with this issue. Not just a casual chat, but really look into the problem and help them.

Tianshu | RMIT Student

Life is beautiful, never let any thing spoil your life. I got a disabled three months old boy. Me and my wife are trying to give him full support and enjoy the life. Resigned from my full-time job, doing my full time masters and taking care of my son and his hospital appointments. We've made lots of sweet memories with him around victoria. So just relax and let it go, enjoy the world around you. Remember Its always ok to not be ok.

Hussain | RMIT Student

Yes it's OK not to be OK. Its OK to ask for help when need be.

Joyce| RMIT Student

Dealing with mental health issues of any magnitude is a messy time and is difficult. However, the strength to keep going is what you need to focus on.

Ella | RMIT Student

it is ok :)

Yiwei | RMIT Student

You will be okay. You are inherently resilient. You might not acknowledge it now but that is a positive trait you will carry on in your life forever. Give yourself credit for that.

Debbie | RMIT Student

Things always seem so much harder in the moment but you will eventually get over the hill and wonder why you put so much pressure on yourself and stressed out so hard.

Emily | RMIT Student

It really is ok not to be ok. I know for a lot of people it’s hard to accept mental health struggles (including myself) but it really isn’t anything to be scared or ashamed of. There are so many wonderful resources that are designed to help anyone. no matter what you are feeling there is aways something or someone that will help. Stay strong and keep fighting xx

Grace | RMIT Student

Don’t undermine your stress. It is as relevant to you as it is to someone else. Reach out, breathe deeply and always take breaks outside near nature to keep you calm. Tomorrow will always be better and if it’s not, the next day will. Set goals and keep focused on the horizon.

Maddie | RMIT Student

Whenever you are sad, just remember that there will always be people who care about you.

Lim | RMIT Student

Don't be afraid to sign up to the ELS. I spent most of my degree battling on my own with my mental health and caring responsibilities. This year I found the courage to apply and it has meant a huge weight has been lifted off my back. My mental health has been at its worst this year, but I have been able to negotiate realistic timelines for my assignments that don't further compromise my mental health and wellbeing. It seems like a lot of effort to get the paperwork and make the appointment, but in the long run it has been an incredible support for the tough times.

Bree | RMIT Student

We all have many commitments and factors in our lives that become overwhelming. With the pressure to be perfect and the best student possible we can get a distorted view of ourselves. Commend yourself on achievements, take time aside for yourself, reach out when you need it and have supportive people around you. Value yourself and your mind because a healthy mind and healthy self is the only way to get through to the end of demanding studies.

Eve | RMIT Student

It’s okay to admit you’re not doing so well, but despite all of the things you may be going through I believe in you. I believe you can do it and that you can achieve your goals! Be brave and be strong but know that it’s okay not to be as strong as you’d like too. Ask for support and you will be given it!

Violet | RMIT Student

I've had mental health issues for my whole life. It has only been in recent years that I have said so with pride - because in spite of how hard it is I am getting through. We all will! Hug a tree, stand still and feel the sun on your face. Love the amazing person you are and be proud of your strength. It's ok to be not ok. Own it and share it. Good days and bad. In this way we will always help others be ok with not being ok too. Sending out strings of love to each one of you. xox

Tanya | RMIT Student

Never think that you are alone in how you feel! Trust me everyone has gone through or is going through what you are feeling. Going to see a counsellor is totally okay and does not make you any less "normal!"

May | RMIT Student

At times it's hard to believe that that dreadful feeling will disappear and everything will be back to normal, but it does get better, it really does! Reach out to someone who can support you through this tough time.

Mia | RMIT Student

There are people who love to listen, love to help, love to love.

Mark | RMIT Student

Your feelings don't define you.

Ryan | RMIT Student

You can do this!

Ben | RMIT Student


Xiaotao | RMIT Student

I suffer from absence-seizure and extreme mental-exhaust and poor memory becomes a big part of life. Challenges build up every single day. But instead of being scared and pressured, I try to be excited. Always remind myself that it's okay to fail, and its absolutely fine to not-do-well. Be positive and learn one thing at a time. If I can do it, I believe you can too! :)

Sze Chern | RMIT Student

Be kind to yourself. You know when you love yourself, other people will love you as well! Love yourself!!!! Try meditation! RMIT has consultation if you need~~~be happy~~

Emma | RMIT Student

I know things are hard. Trust me I do. I know you feel so alone. But you never are, ok? You are so so loved and you always will be. Hang in there and don’t shy away from the opportunity to open up. It helps :) *hugs*

Miranda | RMIT Student

Always find someone to talk to.

Blossom Fernandez | RMIT Student

You know it’s hard dealing with mental health issues like I do, but sometimes it’s good to look on the brighter side of life and know that it’s all better than you think it is!

Kelly | RMIT Student

It is a super hard time in Uni. No one ever talks about the stress you go through, only the parties you go to. Don't forget you're here for a reason. You can do it! Believe in yourself.

Karl | RMIT Student

Seeking help, like counselling, might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but it can lift a weight off your shoulders. When you start asking around a lot of people you know have seen a professional at one time or another and RMIT provides these free, or you can go to your GP.

Kat | RMIT Student

Everything, everything is fine once you have tried. You are the best of yourself.

Architectural depression | RMIT Student

Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign that you're strong enough to know that you could be better but need some help to get there. Even if someone else needs to give you the push, it is your strength that takes the first step.

Lauren | RMIT Student

When in need of help do not hesitate to ask for it. Keeping it within will hurt you more than ever. Take help when needed and maybe you can pay back the favour to someone who needs it in the future.

Ramana | RMIT Student

It always gets better, you will always pull through. Never give up.

Guardian Angel | RMIT Student

If Rick Astley said he was 'never gonna give you up', you shouldn't give up on yourself either ! Just take life one step at a time and take care of yourself because you're never alone and YOU matter <3

Kareen | RMIT Student

Don't stop. Don't give up. Keep moving forward. You will see miracles heading your way.

Gideon | RMIT Student

You have the best feeling when you do well when you thought you were down and out. Keep grinding!!!

Anjana | RMIT Student

In a world where stigma around mental illnesses and neurodivergence is still prevalent, it can be hard to feel comfortable about being open about your experiences and feelings. But there will always be people who will support you, sometimes people you haven't even met yet! Don't feel like you have to hide or suffer alone, there will always be someone who cares about you.

Sebastian | RMIT Student

There will always be someone willing to help. Do not give up. You will be able to become something great. And don't worry you are normal, just be yourself and you will be fine. From personal experience, more than once, life is better on the other side.

James | RMIT Student

You might feel like there is no hope and you can do nothing about it but always remember you're not alone! We're all here for you. It's our utmost support for each other that makes us stronger and we'll get through our hard times together as a family.

Abdul Raheman Nasir | RMIT Student

In my own experiences, during the darkest moments, the hardest times, when it feels all else has failed me, I reach down deep within and become the light I wish to see in others. In this simple shift of energy, we unconsciously unlock the same strength in others. I refuse to believe that WE, as a community, can not lift to a greater state of consciousness, at a time that our world needs us most. I am honoured to walk alongside you all. 'Change gonna come'. One Love. D.

DomDom | RMIT Student

As a person who's going through a lot and been affected by mental health, if I can go through you can do it too.

Viraj | RMIT Student

I know what it's like to feel alone. It's never the case. Everybody, no matter what race, sex, colour or shape is never alone because I am here for everybody.

Abby | RMIT Student

No matter what it is, or how bad it gets, there is always someone there for you. No one is alone. Never give up and never give in. Someone out there loves and respects you. You have to use the support you have available to you, they want to help you. None of us want to see you fail. Stay strong!

Angel | RMIT Student

Really, breathe. Find something positive in your life that makes you feel better, that makes YOU better, something you can control. Even as simple as remembering to drink water. Work at it and build yourself up steadily. Everything is relative - no matter where you're at progress means things are getting better

Luke | RMIT Student

Out of your million smiles I see more than a billion thoughts, doubts, and more than a trillion tears. Reach out to others. Let it all out and man up! Mental health is important. 

Hema | RMIT Student

There is ease after any difficulties. Your patience is all it takes :) 

Ali | RMIT Student

People have a higher opinion of you than you think.

Anthony | RMIT Student

Every day is a battle. I am struggling every day. But I sought help and I talked to those I trust on what I feel every day. Seek help. There is always help.

Farhanah | RMIT Student

I think it’s important to take time out for yourself. You should never put a healthy diet and lifestyle down as time waste, no matter how many assignments you have. I find eating clean helps my moods and in turn my work ethic. Listen to music, keep your mind at ease and keep on studying my friends!!!

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

Kellie | RMIT Student

You’re awesome, excellent, some would say a Queen.

Hannah| RMIT Student

It might feel like it's all too much now, but it will get better. This pain will pass.

Erin | RMIT Student

You're worthy, beyond what you see, what you can know. The world wouldn't be the same without you. Please, give your heart its love - like water on a garden; watch you grow.

Rhys | RMIT Student

Everyone experiences not being okay at multiple points in their life. Reach out; if your friends can't help you then find someone who can. Hang in there, this too shall pass xxx

Cherie | RMIT Student

Turbulent times are a part of everyone's life journey. Seek support from dearest and always keep the hope that better times are ahead.

Vi | RMIT Student

You're never alone. I suffer severe depression and anxiety and I know what it's like to be in that dark place, thinking that there's no way out. But I can tell you first hand that there's always a way out :)

Mickey | RMIT Student

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars", Khalil Gibran. Staying positive is the key and surrounding yourself with positive and loving people is the richness we need beyond money to help us. There will be ups and downs. No matter how dark our life is, there is always a ray of light to guide us in the bright.

Sushant | RMIT Student

If it doesn't kill us it makes us stronger.

Delaram | RMIT Student

Keep going and don't give up! Believe in yourself - you WILL get through this.

Anonymous | RMIT Student

It's okay not to be okay. It's also okay to talk to your friends. It may feel like the whole world is against you - but just remember that the people who love you will always fight for you.

A | RMIT Student

I've been suffering from a mental health problem for two years now, and I'm still fighting it. I just want to say that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We'll get through this together! One day, later, we'll stand up stronger than we think!

Mckenzie | RMIT Student

You are loved. Your feelings are valid.

Amelia | RMIT Student

If you're having a tough time just remember old energy is clearing for new energy to enter!

Sarah | RMIT Student

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

Shay | RMIT Student

In the darkest moment, the sun is still shining. Might not be onto you by now, but it is there.

Laila | RMIT Student

From personal experience, exercise helps, as does putting yourself out of your comfort zone. Getting stressed studying? Go for a run. Feeling like you are unable to pass your classes? Go rock climbing. Anxiety is caused by a perceived danger, so go and do something physical that will get your blood pumping and you will feel better.

James | RMIT Student

Sometimes it is OKAY to express your negative feeling through many ways but don't give up and keep fighting! Failure does not mean anything in your life but it would be helpful to let you learn how to succeed.

Abby | RMIT Student

Do a 30 minute meditation. It does not need to be sitting down doing nothing, but can be cooking something totally weird, talking to your walls, playing a repetitive and boring game, anything that lets your mind wander into space for a while. When you come back to your assignment you are cool again. It works really well on me. Make a schedule of work. Make sure every task is way ahead of the deadline, so if you are late for 2-3 days you dont feel so guilty. You can also have time to "hey, that's it! This one can be used for that assignment". Wait until the last days and this type of miracle will not come. If you think you don't have time with assignments, shut down your phone, turn off notifications. No Facebook, no Messenger. You will find there is a lot of time until deadline. It's also good to talk about the content of your assignment to your family, especially those that are social issues. Your family may not know abour your major and courses, but they can have very cool ideas you can use at times. They can tell you things are not the end of the world as well. Do not let your stomach go hungry when you are brainstorming. Foods do relieve stress, especially when you are a food-lover.

Thu | RMIT Student

Not a sparrow from the sky falls to the ground without the knowledge of God. He sees, cares and knows!

Prince | RMIT Student

Keep thinking more positive thing will get better. We can do it.

Kim | RMIT Student

I'ts okay not to be okay. Know that your feeling is temporary and you can make a better life. It's better to push through the pain you're going through right now. Try to look at the brighter side. It will reward you in the long term.

Manjot | RMIT Student

Its a bad day, not a bad life. It will pass.

Sara | RMIT Student

Things with value aren't easy to get. If they were, everyone would be doing it and have it. Keep going, get a reward from what you're going through.

Jason | RMIT Student

Everything will belong to the past. Tomorrow will be better.

Yushuang | RMIT Student

I'm still not sure about what I want in life and those feelings break me down from time to time, but luckily my friends are always here to cheer me up so that I have the will to pick myself up again. There's always someone you can talk to, don't lock yourself up. <3

Alexa | RMIT Student

Remember, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how long the tunnel is. Just keep going, accept your feelings/emotions and don't isolate yourself. Please ask for help if you need, there will be many hands ready to reach out to you. You are needed and you are valued. Love your ups and love your downs, these are the parts of life my friend and we all have to wave through them.

Humaira | RMIT Student

You matter. There is always someone who will listen, you just need to reach out.

Josh | RMIT Student

I know first hand what's it's like to have a mental illness, and how being at uni and studying can make it that much harder to deal with and can affect your work. There is always someone to reach out to, there is always someone feeling the same way. You're not alone.

Brigette | RMIT Student

I know it's hard and I know it feels like it'll never get better. It feels like you're drowing and can't find your way back up. But, take some time. Take all the time you need. Breathe. Please understand that the universe is endless, and that somehow everything will be okay. Pick yourself up, find the strength in you and carry on. You matter.

LB | RMIT Student

It's important to keep things in perspective. You may have lost a loved one, experienced a relationship go sour or even just failed a class. As terrible as these things are, life goes on and you will survive. Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while, it just takes 20 seconds of bravery to ask for help from a loved one. Be yourself and it will all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.

Benjamin | RMIT Student

Everyone  matters, leave no one behind. Talk to someone. Everything will be a-okay.

Eeleen | RMIT Student

The best thing you can do is ask for help, and the next best thing is to let your teachers know what's going on, otherwise they can't help you find a solution. You can come back from anything.

Claire | RMIT Student

This is normal. Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed is a common occurrence in the ebb and flow of life. Congratulations, you are human!

Lachlan | RMIT Student

Never be too harsh on yourself because at the end of the day we all are humans. And remember you are not alone. Every person goes through this. Its just the way they handle that makes our lives better or worse.

Eknoor | RMIT Student

Be yourself and don't care how other people think of you. They'll get used to the real YOU some day.

Mojtaba | RMIT Student

Getting out of the house, interacting with the environment can sometimes help. Maybe take a walk around your neighbourhood. It helped me.

Ayesha | RMIT Student

Your wellbeing is the most important thing in life. I usually can easily take it for granted and worry about issues that are just not meant to be. Its vital that we talk to people that are there to listen. It's not weird to talk about it!!! 

Rafi | RMIT Student

We all struggle. Remember you are not alone. You are brave and you're a fighter! Never be ashamed to ask for help. There will always be someone who is willing to listen and to help you when you're struggling. Keep fighting! :)

Vanessa | RMIT Student

Jesus loves you.

Anonymous | RMIT Student

It's ok to feel overwhelmed. Uni is stressful, it's challenging and it's mentally exhausting. But you can get through it. Confide in friends, they can help. And don't forget to take time out for yourself. Taking care of yourself should always be your first priority. Even if it means reducing your work load or taking time off. Always put yourself first.

Carrie | RMIT Student

You're right if you think it's not easy. I wish I could tell you, friend, that erasing a mental struggle is as simple as wiping a window clean, but it isn't. Yes, it takes practice. It takes trial and error. It takes a daily decision to heal and get better. It takes guidance from people you trust. And most of all, it takes a lot of compassion and patience towards yourself. I hope you know that you are not weak for feeling the way you feel. You're not crazy for your struggles. You are trying your best. We all are. And we may be on our own separate journeys, but we are walking it together nonetheless. There is hope for you. Breathe, and speak this as many times as it takes for you to believe it: There is hope for you.

Joanne | RMIT Student

There is always a way.

Rachel | RMIT Student

When fear knocks, let faith answer the door. This is not forever, it's just a battle of your thoughts. Find your centre, realign and recapture. Remember that God himself is so imperfect that he created imperfect people like you and me. You are not alone.

Rakesh | RMIT Student

It is totally okay to feel vulnerable. Begin to love yourself so you can accept you for who you are. Speak yourself and don't be afraid to express your fear and anxiety. It is always better to share than keeping those feelings hidden inside - Love yourself, Speak yourself.

Stephanie | RMIT Student

Your thoughts are real, but they aren't always true.

Isobel | RMIT Student

You're not your success or your failures. You're something more than that. Just stay present.

Sid | RMIT Student

The best part of falling is getting back up again. You don't have any other option but to get back up again, and come back even stronger! Before giving up, remember why you started in the first place. 

Abhishek | RMIT Student

University is tough! But you have to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and fellow students are feeling just as exhausted amd stressed as you! YOU ARE NOT ALONE and it’s ok to not be ok! 

Siobhan | RMIT Student

Your mental health does not define who you are and what you're capable of. However you have the power to define who YOU truly are.

Belle | RMIT Student

Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible, the version you dream to be. That's who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it. You are a figher. You are a warrior. You are a survivor. Keep going. This, shall pass.

Sia | RMIT Student

Don't hesitate! We all have our own battles, fighting at our own capabilities.

Vipul | RMIT Student

It's OK to be down sometimes, but remember you are never alone

| RMIT Student

We all feel so sometimes in our lives. We all do.

Tam | RMIT Student

Keep fighting, there is ALWAYS a way and remember to reach out, you are matter.

Anom | RMIT Student

It's not easy, and we all know this. Sometimes it's a struggle to even get up. The physical drowsiness and mental setbacks are an incredible fight. Sometimes its hard to explain, no words can describe the intensity that both anxiety and depression can leave. But you know what, if you're currently suffering or have suffered in the past, just know that you're a survivor in this mental battle. One day it'll pass believe me. And even if it returns, you'll be stronger each time it occurs so you'll be able to fight. You'll be okay, this internal battle cannot last long. Speak up, let others know and share your support. Understand them, and soon this war against mental health will be over.

Ravneet | RMIT Student

I know its hard. It's not easy sometimes, especially when you want to get up and be motivated to do something but you can't because physically you cannot move. But you know what, the minute you get up, remember that that's a massive accomplishment. You took a fighting step towards the war in your mind, and trust me with time, you'll win this battle. Just don't give up. Please don't.

Ravneet | RMIT Student

Admitting you aren't okay is emotionally one of the hardest things you can do. But you can do it, and everything gets a little easier when the people you love will try to help you and understand your pain. Help is never far away.

Bri | RMIT Student

Your illness doesn't define you. Your strength and courage does.

Muskan | RMIT Student

If waking up is the only thing you get done today, know you've made it through what might be the toughest part of your day, and for that you should be proud. If you make it to class as well then know that you're an absolute legend!

Erin | RMIT Student

Only way to get rid from mental stress is to accept fully from your heart the worst thing that could happen. Then your mind gets free and starts to work from that base.

Dehinga Tharanga | RMIT Student

You just want to run away from your own-self. Try to stay calm and ignore the thoughts that trigger you.

Bee | RMIT Student

Thoughts can be just thoughts, we can let them pass. In times of stress like exams or relational issues I get sick to my stomach. But I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Josh | RMIT Student

It's not your fault to feel lonely. There is always support if you reach out.

Serena | RMIT Student

I woke up every day for almost two years thinking it would be easier if I wasn't alive. It wasn't until everything broke down that I realised I wasn't the only one, and it is the foundation I'm rebuilding on now. Speak out. 

Oliver | RMIT Student

Take a break. Even if it’s one day or a half a day. Everyone deserves a break.

Anonymous | RMIT Student

You don’t have to be the thoughts in your mind.

Claire | RMIT Student

Better things are at the end of this phase. This is not the end.

Neethu | RMIT Student

Mental issues don't discriminate. They can happen to anyone and everyone, so having one doesn't make you a weak person. 

Chris | RMIT Student

Things get healed. Try not to put your energy into things which are out of your control in the current moment. 

Namita | RMIT Student

Everyone has hard times and everyone struggles. Talking about how you feel makes massive problems seem smaller and somewhat manageable. 

Anonymous | RMIT Student

It's alright to feel this way and we understand. 

Avantika | RMIT Student

There is always help available, and talking to the correct person about it is crucial. 

Sarah | RMIT Student

Be kind to yourself. 

Rachel | RMIT Student

There are a million other amazing things that define you that aren’t your mental health. 

Dana | RMIT Student

You aren’t alone I swear! 

Dana | RMIT Student


Laila | RMIT Student

Embracing emotions is the first step to dealing with them; do not fight them; do not hide them. 

Jesse | RMIT Student

Being comfortable in your own skin, it's the first step to experience bliss in life. I just want to let you know that it's okay to be you. Let go of all your worries because you're not alone and we're here for you. Your friends, family, and classmates will be there for you. Chin up, and keep moving forward.

Mizan | RMIT Student

2013: My dreams got destroyed
2015: My world collapsed

Today I am living a dream life in a world I haven't expected!

Never give up, keep on walking, you are not alone!

Julian | RMIT Student

Life can be tough, and please understand that you will have good and bad days. It's very natural to feel lost, but you will be okay and get through. Most importantly don't be shy to talk with someone if you feel desperate.

Felicity | RMIT Student

If you're going through hell; keep going.

Rebecca | RMIT Student

I know its hard. It's not easy sometimes, especially when you want to get up and be motivated to do something but you can't because physically you cannot move. But you know what, the minute you get up, remember that that's a massive accomplishment. You took a fighting step towards the war in your mind, and trust me with time, you'll win this battle. Just don't give up. Please don't.

Ravneet | RMIT Student

Everyone has worries, be it in terms of studies or life. It's about looking at the positive and getting through the tough times with the assurance that everything happens for the best and there is genuinely a light at the end of the tunnel :)

Roz | RMIT Student

Do your best to continue your studies, whilst being mindful of self care. It's okay to share how you are feeling with your teachers, as they will guide you and encourage you.

Darren | RMIT Student

It's so COMMON, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything WORSE.

MS | RMIT Student

I was depressed, anxious, stressed. I couldn't sleep at night. I was turning up to class with no sleep. I felt as though my only friends wouldn't want to talk to me, so I went silent. My advice is to find someone that you trust and talk to them, because everyone wants the best for you, you will be surprised by someone's heart.

Aedan | RMIT Student

Sometimes it feels like you're all alone and you're drowning in your thoughts. Truth is...it might not get easier but you get stronger...and someone will always care.

Zinia | RMIT Student

Make sure your resilience bucket never goes empty by rewarding yourself for the little things you do, engaging in acts of kindness and taking breaks, as you are only human. Also open up to others as we humans are very similar and you might get someone going through something similar to yours. Lastly take one step at a time and realize everyone's time to shine is different so take it easy.

Samia | RMIT Student

Never think you don't have an impact on the world. Your fingerprints can't be wiped away from the little marks of kindness that you've left behind.

Shahzaib Munir | RMIT Student

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

HM | RMIT Student

Whenever you feel sad, depressed, tired, and it isn't you, ask for help. It is part of your improvement and development to acknowledge the feelings.

Rowa | RMIT Student

Although I may be feeling this, this feeling is not me. Breathe and create the space you need.

Deniz | RMIT Student

Recognise your feelings for what they are, and recognise that you are coping better than you think. 

Phoebe | RMIT Student

Try to understand your condition. Work on it constantly. Continue to put one foot in front of the other. Take deep breaths and remember that tomorrow is a new day.

John | RMIT Student

Although you may experience issues you still have the potential to reach your goals. It just may take time and a different approach.

Deniz | RMIT Student

Don't let yourself get to breaking point before you get help. 

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Don't be afraid to let your teachers know what is going on - they will be understanding and help relieve some of the pressure. 

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Recovery exists. Don't just push on, get to know yourself. 

Jenny Hickinbotham | RMIT Student

You know what's better than being cool? Being happy

Taylor Swift | Pop icon

It’s okay to feel like sh*t!. 

Claire | RMIT Student

We are here for you, should you ever need any help coping. There is no shame in asking for help. 

Stephanie | RMIT Student

We need to be more open and feel more comfortable with sharing our feelings so we can feel better. Stop judging others.

Ranad | RMIT Student

Don’t hide an emotion or feeling that is screaming for help. We all need help sometimes and that’s ok.

Benjamin | RMIT Student

Take breaks and maybe if you have time go on a bush walk!

Oskar | RMIT Student

Know this, we are all sharing one consciousness in this giant universe we live in. You matter, all matter. Everyone is insecure and asking for approval, everyone is constantly learning and making mistakes. No matter how you look, what’s your status, religion or age. We all taste like chicken according to a grizzly bear. Life is but a dream. So enjoy your dream and design your own story that is free from expectations. Everything will be ok. We have each other.

Hadi | RMIT Student

What I've learnt from speaking to others about their experiences is that you are never alone in how you feel. I used to get severe nausea as a physical symptom of anxiety, but found that many others experience it too. As cliche as it sounds, I can assure you it does get better and with help and support, you are able to overcome whatever you're battling.

SP | RMIT Student

It's not easy. University is a turning point in everyones lives. It's the transition into adulthood. It is OK to feel scared. It is OK to be not OK. It only gets easier from here. All you need to do keep pushing yourself and you'll come out the best version of yourself.

Krishan | RMIT Student

Even if you don't feel like it, try to be kind to yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for help, and trust that it will get better.

Alyssa | RMIT Student

You've made it, no matter what's happened you're strong enough to survive through it and keep going, because you already have. Everyday is a new day, you can change yourself or the world. But it takes small steps. 

Stephen | RMIT Student

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts.

Fiona | RMIT Student

Never be ashamed of your mental health struggles. You are not alone and don't need to struggle alone. Reach out and ask for help if/when you need it. It's OK.

Melissa | RMIT Student

No one is ever alone. Never be afraid to speak up and seek help.

Mustafa | RMIT Student

The health of your mind is the same as the health of your body. You wouldn't just let a broken arm heal itself, or try and fix it yourself. You'd ask for help.

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Mental health is not an issue, it's part of who we are. We need to accept that it's always in flux. There are highs and lows neither can last.

Momo | RMIT Student

Every time you share how you feel, it lifts a weight off someone else's shoulders as well as your own.

Anonymous | RMIT Student

All the things that happen in your life, good or bad, they will either be gone or forever be there. They will only get smaller but they will always be there. It's just how to live around it.

Tam | RMIT Student

I can do this. I am in control. I will succeed. 

Anonymous | RMIT Student

You are not alone, and this will not be forever. 

Kellie | RMIT Student

A million things can bring you down, just focus on things that keep you up

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Tomorrow morning, the sun will still rise

Benjamin | RMIT Student


Mark | RMIT Student

Don't suffer alone. Reach out to others, just like how we do when we get a physical illness (eg: getting medicine from a doctor for a sore throat).

Anonymous | RMIT Student

God loves me and knows me no matter how I feel. 

Colin | RMIT Student

Dumbledore from Harry Potter: 'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities'.

Cait | RMIT Student

General McArthur's Prayer to Son: Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. 

Anonymous | RMIT Student

Thank you.

So many of you took the time to share your words of support with other students.

Thank you for your messages of support.