#MentalHealthMatters this International Youth Day

YouthInfographics_MentalHealth_F copyUnited Nations International Youth Day happens every year on the 12th of August with the aim of highlighting and addressing issues facing the world’s youth – and if you’re a uni student there’s a pretty good chance that includes you.

The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is ‘Mental Health Matters’, to draw awareness to the importance of reducing stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions. Help raise awareness and reduce the shame by jumping on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram. Use the hashtags #MentalHealthMatters and #UN4Youth to join the campaign!

And most importantly, if you’re struggling don’t be afraid to ask for help. Uni can be stressful for everyone but if you’re experiencing mental health difficulties there are people who can help. You don’t need to tough it out alone, get in touch with QUT Counselling Services for a private and confidential counselling session.

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

'Breathe' by Rob (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

‘Breathe’ by Rob (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

It’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed at the beginning of Semester – particularly if this is your first semester at Uni. You’ve had your first lecture, seen the reading list (and freaked out); you’re still finding your way around campus (why is Z block next to C block?); You know there’s folders on the Blackboard site that have important info in them but you haven’t got to them all yet; you may be juggling paid work and family responsibilities; your first assessments are due soon…queue hyperventilating. It’s all pretty overwhelming stuff.

So, take a breath and come to the library for free mindfulness and meditation sessions run by QUT Counselling and calm your mind. They’re drop in, free and open to all QUT Staff and Students.

  • KG: Thu 2:15-3pm Library R403 (practical exercises for calming & clearing the mind; sitting on floor)
  • GP: Wed 12:30-1pm Library V4.08 (practical exercises for calming & clearing the mind; sitting on floor)

And when you’re calm and able to focus again, sign up for one of the Library workshops to help manage your study and we’ll have you swimming along in no time!

Study Skills Expo – 2014

Study Skills ExpoThe Study Skills Expo is back!

Drop by this one-stop shop for tips to help with your studies and getting the most out of your life as a uni student.

Visit the stalls and exhibits to find out more about:

  • starting your first assignment
  • working in groups
  • writing
  • researching
  • getting organised
  • career planning
  • managing your finances
  • IT help
  • and more

Three convenient locations and times:

Caboolture
When:  Tuesday 11 March, 10am – 1pm
Venue: Caboolture Library, L block

Gardens Point
When:  Thursday 13 March, 10am – 2pm
Venue: Gardens Point Library, V block, level 4

Kelvin Grove
When:  Tuesday 18 March, 10am – 2pm
Venue: Kelvin Grove Library, R block, level 3

The Study Skills Expo is all about you and what you need to succeed! Don’t miss it!

For more info visit the Study Skills Expo website.

5 tips on becoming a student… again

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin Copyright Henry Grant Archive/Museum of London

Returning to study or starting a university degree for the first time is exciting, but can be daunting. Here are our 5 tips for gently preparing for study:

  1. Technology
  2. Engage
  3. Access
  4. Calibrate
  5. Help yourself

Technology

Success at Uni today means being literate with the QUT website, particularly the Library website and Blackboard to access your unit information and do your assignments. Luckily QUT offers Library tours to help you learn about online and physical Library spaces. QUT also offers workshops and online support on how to use Blackboard.

Engage

Students who form friendships with other students thrive more than those who study alone. Swap mobile phone numbers and email addresses with students in your tutorials in week 2 to form study groups. Book a study room in the Library for regular meet ups.

Access

Find out how to access free support services to help you manage any challenges you face.

  • QUT Counselling Services offer free and confidential counselling consultations.
  • QUT Library offers Study Solutions, free 25 minute 1-on-1 academic skills appointments.
  • QUT Careers offers free consultations to help you pick the right units, align your course choice and feel confident in your career direction.

Calibrate

Use The Desk and QUT’s Assignment Calculator to help you calibrate your life and study to achieve your learning goals and manage your time effectively.

Help

Ask for help. Approach a friendly QUT Librarian on any campus, by phone or online to get immediate help.

For more help with returning to study go here.

CENSUS DATE is nearly here: FRIDAY 17th AUGUST 2012!!!

This is the last chance to withdraw from an academic unit without financial penalty. 

See our resources section for more info; or go to http://www.student.qut.edu.au/about/key-dates-and-academic-calendar/census-dates.

If you’re not sure if you’re going to manage your study load, if you’re having doubts about whether you should stay enrolled, if you’re just really confused or uncertain about what to do – book a counselling appointment with Maria or Mandy – they can support you to make the best decision and if needs be support you to withdraw from any subjects.

Got a Problem to Solve? Look us up….. Counselling Services at Caboolture

Mandy White – Counsellor – Careers/Personal

Mandy can work with you on any personal issues, career counselling, course/career indecision, or employment preparation.

Maria Oram – Counsellor (Personal)/Welfare Officer

Maria can work with you on any personal issues, student loans and other financial support, budgeting, Centrelink and general welfare matters.

For help with any of the above or with problem solving ACADEMIC CHALLENGES, SUCH AS DEFERRED EXAMS, APPLICATION FOR EXTENSIONS, etc –

  • Make an appointment at the Student Centre J Block
  • Phone 5316 7400
  • Visit us at the Problem Solving Cafe in the Library (Tuesday 2-3 or Thurday 10 – 11)

Counselling Services at Caboolture Campus

Welcome new students and welcome back to continuing students!

We’d like to remind you that we have two Counsellors on campus to assist you with any personal, welfare or career concerns that you may have.

We can help you with things like:

  • Adjusting to uni
  • Getting the study/life balance right for you
  • Dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, health/disability issues…
  • Common student concerns about procrastination, perfectionism, motivation …
  • Support for extension for an assignment
  • Support for withdrawal without academic/financial penalty
  • Financial difficulties
  • Concerns about career direction or course choice
  • Prac issues
  • Seeking part-time employment
  • Resumes and application letters
  • Graduate jobsearch strategies

And heaps more!

Make a time to see us at the Student Centre (ph 5316 7400), or come and say “hello” at our Problem Solving Cafe  in the Library – Tuesdays 2-3 pm and Thursdays 10-11am… and grab a free coffee, biscuits, info and other goodies!

Mandy White                                                                                                 Maria Oram

                                                                           

Mon – Thurs                                                                                                  Tues -Thurs
mandy.white@qut.edu.au                                                                      maria.oram@qut.edu.au