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It’s OK to not be OK

It’s OK to not be OK

It's OK not to be ok - what to do when you are feeling overwhlemed
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It’s no secret that studying can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if you weren’t quite expecting the mental toll. These feelings can often peak when the pressures of family and work are added on top of study, or when a major change occurs in your life.

No matter the reason, CSU has a large support network in place to help you stand strong and push through.

What should I do if a stressful event or situation is arising?

First, head over to the Student Services portal for handy tips on preparation, planning and procrastination. These tips will help you tackle Uni head on, so you have less on your plate without falling behind in your studies.

To look after your mental health, check out these self-help resources, which are also available in mobile apps.

Who do I speak to?

If you’re going through a temporary illness or life circumstance, contact your lecturers, subject coordinators and course directors. Don’t be afraid to book a session with the student counsellors – it’s free and confidential.

Thankfully, I have had extremely supportive academic staff who have helped me work through my problems towards a solution. They have been a great support when I have felt completely alone and overwhelmed.

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit”


What are my options for special consideration?

If you believe that what you are going through is more than a temporary phase and you need to take a break, there are many options available:

  • Apply for Special Consideration. If you cannot complete an assessment or need extra time, contact your academic staff about your eligibility for special consideration.
  • Withdraw your enrolment. If you need to take a complete break, you may be able to apply for an Approved Withdrawal after Census date.
  • Change your study mode. You could also consider changing from full to part time, or on-campus to online study.

Emergency contacts:

If you or a friend need urgent support, day or night, there is crisis counselling available 24/7.

Lifeline 13 11 14
Lifeline Text Messaging 6-10pm Daily 0477 131 114
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)


This is an SSAF funded initiative
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