Staying Sane

There are a lot of resources out there to help you navigate through VCE life and university. It can be really overwhelming when you look at everything you have to get through which makes it all the more important to be paying attention to your mental health and well-being. Luckily, there are heaps of things you can do to help keep you ‘sane’ and there’s a heap of online resources available to help you too! Not every website will suit every person so its worth spending some time finding one that you genuinely like.

To kick things off here are two of our favourites that we think are pretty special:

The Desk

thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. Providing resources online means that more people will be able to get help to improve their wellbeing and be able to study more effectively. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice. All you have to do is sign up and make your personalised account. It’s all free.

Smiling mind

Smiling mind is modern meditation for young people. Its a simple process that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment delivered in a unique web and app-based program. Smiling Mind offers a Mindfulness Meditation* program consisting of a number of levels, each which is designed to explore the present moment by bringing your attention and awareness of it in a specific way with curiosity and openness. Smiling Mind’s mission is to provide accessible, life-long tools based in Mindfulness Meditation creating happier and more compassionate young people.

*Mindfulness Meditation involves a series of attention training practices and cognitive strategies that can help you unhook from unproductive thought patterns and behaviours. It involves learning to pay attention to the present moment rather than worrying or dwelling in the past.

What is mindfulness? (doc 30KB)