Sometimes, students approach the Journalism Society to express welfare concerns. Being a university student can be challenging, and many life stressors can pop up during study. Tight deadlines and confronting stories can also present challenges unique to emerging journalists.
That's why it's important to know about the short, medium and long-term support options available to you while you're studying at RMIT.
RUSU's Compass Drop In Centre can provide you with short-term welfare support. It's a safe space for students with any questions or concerns funded by the RMIT Student Union Welfare Department. The centre supports students by offering advice, information and referrals regarding a wide range of psychosocial issues students experience. Compass offers support in areas including mental health, relationship issues, homelessness and financial stress. The centre also has a cupboard with free pantry items and toiletries.
It's open for walk-ins from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday on Level 4 of Building 12.
Read more here: https://www.rusu.rmit.edu.au/compass
RMIT's Counselling and Psychological Services can provide medium-term support. You don’t need to be in crisis or dealing with a serious problem to book a counselling appointment. This service provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students. In-person and video consultations up to 50 minutes in length are available at all Melbourne campuses. RMIT also provides a range of personal development, mental health and wellbeing workshops, as well as helpful online resources.
It's located in the Calm Zone on Level 4 of Building 8. Bookings are essential as there is a waitlist.
Medical Hub @ RMIT is a bulk-billing GP clinic which can refer you for long-term support. Its GPs are experienced in developing mental health care plans, equitable learning referrals, and support for consideration for extended leave from study or work. They are also knowledgeable of the local mental health services landscape and can prepare a referral to a professional suitable to your circumstances. Common referrals include psychiatrists, generalist and clinical psychologists, counsellors and mental health clinicians.
It's located just outside Level 3 of Building 8 on Swanston Street. Bookings can be made online.
Read more here: https://www.medicalhubrmit.com.au/services/mental-health/
Remember, your teaching team - including your course coordinators, academic advisors and program manager - are also available to you through email and on Microsoft Teams.