Useful Links

An A–Z listing of helpful web pages and services

See the A–Z listing further below, after a helpful link for all Australian students to The desk.

The desk

The Desk - promoting student success and wellbeing.

The Desk is a useful link that we encourage all UNE students to access and aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and well-being. 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.

Accommodation

Alcohol and other drugs

Armidale
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Armidale) (02) 6771 4445
  • Freeman House (Armidale) (02) 6772 4475
Other
  • Alcohol and Drugs Information Service - 24/7 education, information, referral, crisis counselling and advice 1800 422 599
  • Australian Drug Foundation
  • Drug Info Clearing House Up-to-date information on drugs and drug prevention
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Provides information on publications, useful links, research, drug trends, drug information and the latest research
  • Counselling Online is a service where you can communicate with a counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern using text interaction.
  • Drug Information @ Your Local Library How to access drug information "that you can trust" from your local library, plus links to websites on drugs and drug issues.
  • Just Ask Us website is aimed at university students who are seeking information or help in relation to a wide range of health issues, including alcohol, drugs, mental health and well-being.
  • Your Room Discover useful information about drugs and alcohol in this interactive environment - a joint initiative by NSW Health and St. Vincents Alcohol and Drug Information Service.
  • S.M.A.R.T. - Self Management and Recovery Training - is a peer managed, self-help group that assists you to recover from alcohol and drug use. SMART Recovery teaches practical skills to help you deal with your problems enabling you to abstain and achieve a healthy lifestyle balance.
  • Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre - Treatment, education, and research

Community Self-help Groups

Armidale
  • Information about the Armidale region
  • Armidale Dumaresq Council  Includes a comprehensive community directory
  • Armidale Volunteer Referral Service, 141 Faulkner Street Armidale. Contact (02) 6770 3838
  • Men's Group (Armidale)- men of all backgrounds and interests welcome to share in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. Contact (02) 6772 0153
  • Neighbourhood Centre (Armidale) – information and referral, especially on welfare related matters – (02) 6772 4373
Other
  • Volunteering Australia
  • The Salvation Army's Salvo Careline 1300 363 622
  • Lifeline's Just Ask (Mental Health Information and Referral) 1300 131 114
  • Linkline – information on support groups 1800 811 620

Eating Disorders

Family Support Services

Armidale
  • Family Support Service (Armidale) – advocacy, referral, support and practical assistance for families with young children – 89 Rusden St Armidale 9.30 to 3.30 M to Thurs (02) 6772 7243
  • Brighter Futures New England - services and targeted support for children aged 0-8 years and their families -Suite 1/215 Beardy St Armidale, phone (02) 6771 4700
  • Hope for the Children (Armidale) – support service for stressed families, especially with new babies (02) 6771 5051
Other
  • Relationships Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious affiliations, and provides relationship support services for individuals, couples, families and communities.
  • Parentline- telephone counselling for parents with children aged 0 – 18 years, 9 to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday 132 055
  • Family Crisis Service 1300 134 294
  • Bursting the Bubble-is for teenagers and is about abuse by family members. It provides quizzes, stories, advice and more.
  • Fly Lady: Many women students who are running a house and/or raising a family have recommended the following website for how to get one's house, studies and life in order, and how to do so with lots of humour and compassion.

Gambling

Armidale
  • Gamblers Anonymous (Armidale) – meets at St. Vincent de Paul, Rusden St. Thursday 7pm and at Freeman House, 1 Crescent St, Saturday 7pm (02) 6772 4475
Other

Gay and Lesbian - GLBTIA+

Armidale
Other
  • Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (4pm to midnight) (02) 9207 2800 or 1800 805 379. Free, anonymous, confidential telephone counselling, information; referral services and groups for gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons through NSW on sexuality and life issues.
  • Q Life is Australia's first nationally oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities. Call 1800 184 527.
  • ACON Community, Health and action Information on health promotion, especially within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities
  • 2010 – support for young gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender 10am to 6 pm 1800 652 010.
  • The Gender Centre - A Sydney-based site which offers a wide range of services and information for people with gender issues, their partners, families and friends. Good information on all aspects of transition.
  • HIV/AIDS Information Line – telephone information and advice Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm, Sat 10 am to 6 pm 1800 451 600 or (02) 9332 9700
  • HIV/AIDS Positive Counselling, AIDS Council of NSW 1800 063 060
  • PFLAGAustralia for accurate and unbiased information for families and friends regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer issues.

Health

  • We can influence our happiness through what we do and how we think. Go to Happiness Central which is a companion website to the Making Australia Happy and Making Couples Happy programs that featured on ABC TV.
  • Healthy Active: Information and initiatives on healthy eating, regular physical activity, overweight and obesity to assist all Australians to lead healthy and active lives
  • HepatitisC.org.au is an independent community based organisation providing information, support and advocacy to people effected by Hepatitis C
  • AMSA; A wellbeing guide for medical students - by the Australian Medical Students Association
  • Tune In Not Out (TINO)  Stories, videos, topics relevant to youth - including sexual health, body image, mental health, sexuality, communication and lots more!
  • Canteen - Online support for young people (12 to 24 year olds) living with cancer

Legal Advice

Armidale
  • North and North West Community Legal Service Inc. (Armidale) 1800 687 687 or (02) 6772 8100
  • Chamber Magistrate (Armidale). Call in service at the Court House for free procedural advice (not legal representation) Mon to Fri 10am to 12.30 pm and 2pm to 3.30 pm.
  • Family Law Court Information – phone the National Enquiry Centre 1300 352 000
  • Legal Aid NSW.  Advice and assistance in Armidale on bi-monthly basis.  Ph. Tamworth Office, (02) 6766 6322 to arrange appointment.
Other
  • NSW Law Society Community Assistance – Provide help with legal information, referral to legal aid and other agencies and solicitors. Mon to Fri 9am to 5 pm 1300 888 529
  • Tenants NSW - the website of the Tenants' Union of NSW and network of Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services 1800 088 592

Men's Resources

Armidale
  • Men's Group (Armidale). Men of all backgrounds and interests welcome to share in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. Contact (02) 6772 0153.
Other
  • Mensline (24 hours) Support and resources for men who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties such as separation 1300 789 978
  • Men's Domestic Violence Hotline 1800 000 599

Mental Health

  • Mind Health Connect - For a comprehensive list of links to online self-help sites, go to
  • Understanding Anxiety: A NSW Health web site to help you recognise and understand signs and symptoms of anxiety and how to get treatment to manage it
  • Blue Pages: Provides advice about depression for consumers
  • Beyond Blue: Information about depression and available treatments
  • Batyr: A for purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health.
  • Carer Assist - Support for Mental Health Carers
  • Depression Net: Depression services  Information, help and support for people who have depression or are depressed
  • Headspace Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation
  • Health Insite Up-to-date information on A_Z of health topics including mental health issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • Reach Out Information for young people in issues such as mental health, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, relationships, school and university, sexuality and coming out
  • Multicultural Mental Health Australia Information on mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • The Mood Gym
  • The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.
  • Virtual Clinic A website used for research for Internet Treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Pregnancy

Sexual Assault

Armidale
  • Armidale Sexual Assault Service (02) 6776 9655 (BH). The Sexual Assault Crisis Team is available via the 24hr Emergency Department of the Armidale Hospital on (02) 6776 9500
Other

Sexual Health

  • For information about deciding if, how, when, why, where, and with whom to be sexually active, go to our comprehensive sexual health webpage.

Women's Resources

Armidale
  • Armidale City Centre Women's and Children's Support Services. Upstairs in Faulkner House (opp. the Police Station). Open weekdays 9.30 to 3.00, Ph: (02) 6771 4221
  • Women's Shelter (Armidale) – As part of Armidale Women's Homelessness Support Service Inc., the Shelter provides emergency accommodation, medium term housing and/or personal support for women and children escaping domestic violence and/or facing homelessness 1800 005 352 or (02) 6772 5352
Other
  • Women's Information and Referral Services – Free Confidential information and referral to a wide range of service in NSW. Issues covered include domestic violence, anti-discrimination, women's health, education and training, women and work, accommodation, child care, government services and student resources. 1800 817 227.
  • 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. - 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT
  • Women's Legal Resources Centre – free legal advice 1800 801 501
  • When Love Hurts. A website for young women.
  • Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC) is a statewide service in Victoria, Australia. DVIRC aims to reduce and prevent family violence by providing education to improve service and policy responses, and by assisting people who have experienced abuse.
  • Texas Women's University - This self help library contains information about important topics including assertiveness, emotions, depression, study skills, stress management, time management, etc. You can view and/or copy handouts from this site.
  • Many UNE students who are running a house and/or raising a family have recommended the following website for how to get one's house, studies and life in order, and how to do so with lots of humour and compassion. www.flylady.net

Youth Resources

  • Information for young drivers is available at Roads and Maritime Service (RMS)
  • Somazone provides an anonymous question and answer service, publishes personal stories, and provides useful information on a range of youth services.
  • Youthsafe NSW-based lead agency in youth injury prevention.