The University of Newcastle, Australia

Health and lifestyle

Many students are away from home for the first time, while others are learning to juggle studies with work, social and family life.

Striking the right study-life balance can be difficult, and sometimes you may struggle to maintain one or more aspect – for example, your diet or exercise regime may suffer, or you may find your relationships becoming strained.

Good physical and mental health can help you achieve better academic results, so we provide students with access to programs to sustain healthy learning, working and living environments.

Healthy University resources

Health is a broad-reaching, personal concern – what rates as a matter of high importance for one person may barely register as a factor for another.

This list of resources and apps below covers a wide range of health and wellbeing matters, but it is by no means exhaustive.

If you have doubts or are worried about what is happening in your life, please make an appointment to see one of our doctors or counsellors. It is also best not to self-diagnose from these websites and instead see a trained professional.

Australian Drug Information Network – information about drug and alcohol services.

Australian Drug Foundation – factual information on most types of illicit drugs.

CounsellingOnline – chat online with a counsellor about an alcohol or drug related issues.

Control Your Drinking Online – DrinkWise, a web-based self-change program.

THRIVE – an online questionnaire to help gain insights into the effects of drinking on your health.

Family Drug Support Australia - supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs.

Don't get used – find out what you are really taking and where to get help.

Get information and advice on quitting smoking from:




Tobacco Free Life

CRUfAD – a clinic run by St. Vincent's Hospital with assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety. – clear information and practical strategies to challenge a range of anxiety related symptoms.

Anxiety and panic - Tip sheet from AusPsych – information for young women living with a chronic illness and trying to balance healthy living and fun.

GRIEFLink – information and strategies to cope with grief and death.

National Association for Loss and Grief – promotes education in loss, grief, bereavement and trauma.

Black Dog Institute – specialist expertise and information about depression and bipolar disorder.

Back from the Bluez – information about depression and strategies for managing your mood.

Mood Gym – helps you identify and overcome problem emotions and develop coping skills.

myCompass – an interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing.

Ybblue – a site that focuses on youth depression.

Reach Out! – support for young people who are depressed/suicidal or affected by suicide of a loved one.


The Get Happy Mobile App – an eight to 10 week course involving lessons about managing your mood and coping with depression.

Domestic and Family violence – explains what domestic violence is and provides information on getting support.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service – legal information for women experiencing domestic violence.

Bursting the Bubble – a site for young people about abuse in families.

White Ribbon - Australia's campaign to stop violence against women.

Recover Your Life – information, advice, tips and support on all types of eating disorders.

Gambling Help – information and tools to help you take steps towards managing your gambling.

Wesley Gambling Counselling Services – information for gamblers and their families

Gamblers Anonymous – support group for people experiencing problems resulting from gambling.

Twenty10 + Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW – free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referral services and support groups for gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons.

PFLAG – support group for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people.

ACON Hunter Centre – improves the health and wellbeing of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community by proving information to reduce HIV transmission.

Health Direct – information about health and work life balance.

Lawlink – links to legal information related to NSW.

Law Access Online – legal information and assistance services to help you with your legal issues.

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre – free legal advice and information.

LawStuff – information about the legal rights of young people.

Moodgym – online cognitive behavioural therapy to help prevent depression.

Living life to the Full – online cognitive behavioural therapy focused on life skills.

e-couch – information about emotional problems and how to deal with them.


Exercise your mood app – a free app to set your distance and time goal for regular exercise.

myCompass – a self-help service that promotes resilience and wellbeing.

Spanner in the works? - A Men's Health initiative by the Australian Men's Shed Association.

Embrace the Future – information for young people about risk factors, tips on effective coping and identifying warning signs.

Mental Health Association NSW Inc – information about protecting mental health and mutual support.

Mental Health Carers NSW – support and advocacy for families and friends with mental illness or disorder.

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc – information about improving the circumstances and welfare of people living with serious mental illness, as well as their carers and relatives.

COPMI – information for children of parents with a mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health – information and research focused on creating better understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

Beyond Blue – resources for those experiencing depressive disorders.

GROW – peer supported programs for growth and personal development for those experiencing mental illness.

SANE Australia – information and support for all aspects of mental illness.

Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) – a specialist early psychosis clinical program.

Head Space – information for young people and their parents and carers about mental health.

Mind – information and advice to promote and protect good mental health.

Family Relationships online – family relationship information about couples and separation.

Relationships Australia – relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.

When Love Hurts – a guide to love, respect and abuse in relationships.

Bursting the Bubble – a site for young people about abuse in families.

Recover Your Life – a stepping stone to getting through your self harm.

Don't play around with sexual health.

Along with UON's own webpage on Your Sexual Health, here are some additional resources:

Family Planning NSW – Information about reproductive and sexual health.

Spin the Wheel – Information about the risks of sex without a condom.

NSW Sexual Health Clinics – Local clinics for sexual health services.

University Medical Centres – Get testing, treatment and help on campus with our medical centres.

How to sleep well – information about how to get a good night sleep.

How to survive unbearable stress – information and tips about how to deal with stress, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and fatigue.

Suicide: we can all make a difference – NSW Suicide Prevention Strategy: Whole of Government approach.

Reach Out! – supports young people who are depressed/suicidal or affected by suicide of a loved one.

Contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 – a NSW 24-hour mental health phone access service.

Beyond Blue: Suicide Prevention

LifeSpan Newcastle - Suicide prevention education and training

Smartraveller - get travel information before you leave.