We want you to have a great experience as an international student in Melbourne Victoria. Here are some ways to stay balanced and healthy.

Study can be stressful

Stress is a part of student life. It's normal to feel the pressure of study and work. There are many ways to reduce and manage stress.

When you’re stressed, make a list of the things that are causing stress for you.

For example, is your stress related to study, finances, or feeling homesick? 

If you know where the stress is coming from, it's easier to make a plan to manage it.

Take time to socialise, exercise and practise relaxation techniques. Consider the times of day that your study is most effective – are you more productive in the morning or night?

Find out how to manage stress

The Better Health Channel has some good information on how to manage stress.

Not feeling okay?

Student life can be demanding – study, work, and relationships.

When you feel sad or depressed

It’s normal to have feelings of sadness and mood swings. Generally, these feelings will pass. Depression is when these feelings don’t go away and start interrupting your daily life, affecting study, work, and friendships. It’s when you stop enjoying things.

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

It's okay to ask for help

Depression and anxiety are more common than you think. When you ask for help, you'll find that you are not alone. Read more about where to get help.

You can call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 any time of the day or night – select from the voice menu or simply hold on the line to talk with a trained mental health professional.

See a transcript on the Beyond Blue website