Support student mental health and wellbeing

Students may face personal, economic, social and academic pressures that influence their wellbeing. The steps in this guide will help you understand what steps you can take to support students' mental health and wellbeing.

Before you start

This information will help you to:  

  • identify a crisis situation that needs immediate action;
  • raise a 'student of concern' referral;
  • train in suicide prevention;
  • recognise when a student might need specialist support;
  • talk to a student about support; and
  • direct a student to the correct mental health and wellbeing services.
1. Know what to do if a student is in crisis - PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY

If a student has plans and the means to act on suicidal thoughts and is worried about keeping themselves safe, you must:

2. Raise a student of concern referral

Complete a Student of Concern referral if a student:  

    3. Train in suicide prevention

    Suicide is a preventable death. Make sure you know how you can help.

    4. Recognise a student who might need mental health support

    Look out for:  

    5. Talk to a student about mental health and wellbeing

    If you have a feeling something is not quite right with a student, talk to them. You will not make things worse by asking.

    Here are some tips for having what might be a difficult conversation:

    6. Flag mental health support services to a student

    A student experiencing wellbeing difficulties may feel that speaking with you is enough. In all cases you should encourage some of the other support below or self-help. Put a date in your diary to check in with the student again and see how they are getting on.