Self-help resources to improve your wellbeing

Explore our variety of resources, including videos and audio files, designed to help you develop useful strategies, focus, unwind and improve your state of mind.

Your mental wellbeing

You’re not alone—anxiety is not uncommon and there are strategies to help. This online course supports you with strategies to manage low to moderate levels of anxiety. It is designed to be completed across a number of weeks, so you have a chance to try out some of the strategies.

PLEASE NOTE: You must sign in with your Griffith credentials to access.

Managing Anxiety Online Module

This course provides an overview of stress management and an introduction to some evidence based stress management skills. It also covers specific exam taking strategies for preparation, planning and performance.

PLEASE NOTE: You must sign in with your Griffith credentials to access.

Managing Stress and Exams - Online Course

Developed by the Counselling and Wellbeing team, the Feeling Low Online Module supports you with evidence-based strategies for low to moderate levels of depression.

It's important to note that sometimes we need human connection more than self-help. At any point, you are welcome to reach out to the Griffith Mental Wellbeing Line for 24/7 support on 1300 785 442 (or text 0488 884 146). You can also book an appointment with the Griffith Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service available on campus or over phone/video.

PLEASE NOTE: You must sign in with your Griffith credentials to access.

Feeling Low Online Module

Online Health and Wellness Centre

Griffith's Online Health and Wellness Centre is a portal designed to increase student awareness and understanding of mental health concerns. Here you can learn tips for promoting better health and wellbeing such as living a healthy lifestyle, engaging in meaningful social activity, feeling safe, stable and secure, and looking after your mental wellness.

Griffith's Online Health and Wellness Centre

Healthy university

Griffith aims to create a thriving University community by supporting staff and students to achieve their health and wellbeing goals.

Access exclusive promotions, events and other wellness information to assist you in living a healthy life.


Thedesk is a complete online mental and physical wellbeing resource developed specifically for university students. It includes modules, tools and information on various topics, such as time and stress management, making connections and friends, and keeping healthy. It also has self-assessment tools for your wellbeing, study skills and lifestyle.

Info sheets and resources

The following resources, authored by Griffith University counsellors with input from external contributors, are aimed at equipping you with strategies and skills to manage a range of mental health and wellbeing concerns. Where available, resources are also provided in languages other than English.

Adjusting to uni info sheet

Adjusting to uni

Adjusting to uni life can be difficult for anyone. Discover helpful beginner tips and advice for feeling at home in your new routine at university such as making friends, staying on top of your study, and more.

Adjusting to uni (English)

Alcohol and other drugs info sheet

Alcohol and other drugs

This info sheet provides information and tips for identifying alcohol and substance addiction, steps for recovery, and a brief list of some common drugs with descriptions and effects.

Alcohol and other drugs (English)

Sleep matters info sheet

Sleep matters

This resource covers information about the impact sleep deprivation can have on your academic performance and lifestyle, as well as steps and strategies you can take to improve your sleep patterns.

Sleep matters (English)

woman holding a plant

Natural disasters

A natural disaster in a community can be distressing, and it is normal to experience a range of emotions. There is a lot that family, friends, volunteers and professionals can do to help those affected. This information sheet will outline some useful skills that will help with your recovery.

Natural disasters (English)

Anxiety and Exams

Connecting with others at uni

It can be difficult adjusting to life at uni let alone fitting in and making friends. This info sheet will give you some handy tips for connecting with others on your student journey.

English Chinese

Japanese Vietnamese

Anxiety and Exams

Managing Exam Stress

If you are stressed out by the thought of exams, or feel hopeless and paralysed in the lead up to exam time, this info sheet will provide you with some techniques to become more resilient and adaptable.

English Chinese

Japanese Vietnamese

Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety

This resource written by Counselling and Wellbeing covers information about anxiety and equips you with helpful tips and strategies you can use to manage it, in addition to a number of handy self help resources.

English Chinese

Japanese Vietnamese

Sexual health and wellness

Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

English Chinese

Japanese Vietnamese

Your mental health and wellbeing matters

Good mental wellbeing is essential for you as a learner to reach your academic potential and will continue to contribute to your professional and personal life.

English Chinese

Japanese Vietnamese

Intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships

This information sheet offers support, advice and guidance for LGBTIQ+ identifying people who have suffered domestic abuse and violence. Developed in partnership between Safe Campuses, Student Health, Counselling and Wellbeing and Griffith Pride Committee.

Self-help websites and apps

There is a variety of self-help websites and apps online, and the Counselling and Wellbeing team have selected the ones we think you might find most useful. The ones listed below are all free and easily accessible. These websites and apps are not associated, affiliated, endorsed or sponsored by Griffith University.

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind website and app are an excellent resource to learn mindfulness. Mindfulness is one of the most effective ways of teaching us to pay attention. Millions of people use mindfulness in their lives as a way of reducing stress and managing emotions.

Smiling Mind app


This is an interactive self-help service promoting resilience and wellbeing. Track your moods, write them down and get tips. There are also modules designed to help you manage mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression.


Head to Health

Wherever you are on your mental health journey, Head to Health can point you to great online mental health information, resources, and services that suit your needs.

Head to Health


This site provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.


Just Ask Us

Just Ask Us was developed to assist tertiary students find information and seek help for a mental health, alcohol, or other drug-related problem.

Just Ask Us

Insight Timer

A huge database of free guided meditations plus music for sleep, stress, relaxation, happiness etc.

Insight Timer


Hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety. Includes bite-sized guided meditations for busy schedules and SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns.


The Daily Meditation Podcast

Hosted by meditation coach Mary Meckley, this podcast has more than 1000 episodes, each about 10-minutes long. Covers topics of anxiety, depression, breathing, anger and more.

The Daily Meditation Podcast

Meditation Minis

Podcast hosted by hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton, Meditation Minis use meditative imagery to assist falling asleep and calming down.

Meditation Minis

Video resources

A range of helpful tips to help improve your mental health and general wellbeing.

Managing Stress and Exams video workshop

In Managing Stress and Exams, Griffith University counsellors Deborah Twining and Julie Coles give you an overview of stress management and an introduction to some evidence based stress management skills.

They also go over specific exam-taking strategies for preparation, planning and performance in Study Week and during the exam.

View the workshop

Meaningful Minute

Take a moment out of your day to relax, reflect, and be present with the Meaningful Minute video series developed by Griffith Counselling and Wellbeing.

Select a video from the YouTube playlist to view a topic of your choice or click below to view on Facebook.

Watch Meaningful Minute on Facebook

Audio exercises

Listen to our guided exercises on focusing, mindfulness and relaxation.

Invitation to focusing

An overview of our focus and mindfulness exercises.

Download (mp3 3.9mb)


A guided imagery to aid relaxation.

Download (mp3 4.3mb)

Mindfulness and sounds of breath

A guided exercise to stay present with a chosen object of awareness.

Download (mp3 7.6mb)

Breathing: focus on the belly

Get in touch with your breathing for relaxation.

Download (mp3 7.4mb)

Elements of experience

Discover how to separate experiences into different elements, making them more manageable.

Download (mp3 9.1mb)

Progressive muscle relaxation

A technique to release muscular tension.

Download (mp3 16.2mb)

Mindfulness in daily life

Develop everyday mindfulness techniques.

Download (mp3 7.1mb)

Wise inner-self

Meet the wise part of your inner-self.

Download (mp3 7.1mb)

Life celebration

An exercise in imagination and identifying values to create the life you want to lead.

Download (mp3 5mb)

Diffusion of thoughts

This exercise helps you look at your thoughts, rather than from them.

Download (mp3 7.6mb)

Breathing: focus on the nostrils

Get in touch with your breathing.

Download (mp3 5.06mb)

Commitment and values

Further defining your values, and the level of commitment needed to take that first step.

Download (mp3 6.7mb)

Nurturing: visualisation for females

Nurturing your child within.

Download (mp3 7.4mb)

Nurturing: visualisation for males

Nurturing your child within.

Download (mp3 6.7mb)

Self-help not enough and want to talk to someone?


About counselling

Find out more about counselling including what to expect, what issues we can help with, the benefits of seeing someone and confidentiality.


Online booking system

Make an appointment using our online booking system. Please do not make multiple or recurring bookings unless you have organised this with your counsellor, as this will prevent other students from accessing our services. Please note that Skype video counselling sessions cannot be booked online.


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