Life as a student can be challenging as you balance home, work and study commitments. The pandemic has also added additional things to deal with that you would perhaps not have had otherwise.
Feeling a little anxious or stressed during your studies or apprenticeship is normal and can actually help you to focus and get things done. Too much stress however, isn’t productive or healthy. Reach out to your teacher or a Student Counsellor at any time talk things through. TasTAFE staff want you to succeed and are here to help you.
Having a broader community of support also helps. As well as getting assistance from your teacher or accessing Student Support when you need it, the websites and apps below provide a range of helpful and easily accessible services that promote mental health and wellbeing . The section on Coping Strategies provides instruction for some useful actions to take when things just get too hard.
Online Peer Support and Forums
ReachOUT online community – free, anonymous and available 24/7 for people aged between 14 – 25 in Australia.
Beyond Blue – forum membership is open to anyone living in Australia.
SANE – forum for people with lived experience.
COVID related supports
COVID has brought additional pressures into all our lives. Please find general supports to assist you on the FindHelp Tas site.
eheadspace - mental health services for people up to 25 years old. Headspace covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services. Call 1800 650 890.
HealingMinds - Healing Minds is a program for Indigenous people by Indigenous people. The program offers phone-based support, providing a culturally safe and confidential place to share your story and your current situation.
Mindstep - free to anyone living in Tasmania. Provides confidential mental health coaching program for anyone struggling to manage low mood, worry or stress in their everyday life. Brochure. Call 1800 322 278.
Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax
Find your calm. Sleep more. Stress less. Live better.
Be kind to your mind. Less stressed. More resilient. Happier. It all starts with just a few minutes a day.