Free wellbeing consultations
We offer consultations on Tuesdays between 10am and 1pm and Wednesdays between 1pm and 4pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time), with the option of a face-to-face or virtual meeting. Whether it's something worrying you or you simply want a listening ear, we’re here to have a chat. Please note that other times for consultation can be arranged if needed, by emailing us.
- We are currently offering online (virtual) appointments only due to the ACT's current lockdown. We aim to return in-person consultations as soon as possible.
- If you are currently in mainland China, you may prefer a Zoom meeting to our default Microsoft Teams platform for connectivity reasons. Please send us an email at email@example.com upon booking if this applies to you.
What is an ANU Thrive wellbeing consultation?
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We are a team of later year student mentors who aim to assist fellow students find appropriate support services and guide them through with wellbeing tips. Peer educators are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and are familiar with the support options available to ANU students internally and externally. While this is not a counselling service, international students can access wellbeing consultations with our peer educators while off-shore and at no cost.
Booked a consultation?
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ANU Thrive consultations are offered both in-person (face-to-face) and virtually (online). When making a booking, you'll be asked to select your preference. If you'd like to change your selection, please just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-person appointments will take place in a private consultation room on Level 3 of the Di Riddell Building. However, as level 3 is currently staff access only, we need to meet you outside and accompany you in. When you arrive at the Di Riddell building, please wait outside at the bottom of the stairs and give our team a call on 02 6125 2409. Alternatively, for lift access, you can wait on the ground floor outside the lifts (enter through the front automatic door and turn right). We will then meet you at the lifts.
You will have received an automatic email confirmation containing a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting for the time of your appointment. Microsoft Teams is a platform available to all ANU students and staff - you just need to use your university ID and password to login for access. If for any reason this is not available to you, we can easily arrange a Zoom meeting instead. Please let us know at email@example.com.
Events and social media
We have a variety of events running throughout the year, where you can meet like-minded students and even learn something new! Events may have capped attendance, so please book ahead through our event page. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to stay up to date.
Financial support for international students
Red Cross and ACT Government International Student Relief Package
The Red Cross and ACT Government’s International Student Relief Package has recently been extended into 2021. Eligible international students who can demonstrate financial hardship can apply to receive emergency funding. The amounts are $400 for a single person, $600 for a couple, and $800 for a family with children.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be residing in the ACT and able to demonstrate current enrolment as a student at the ANU, and;
- Demonstrate ‘genuine need’ for financial support, having exhausted other options of financial relief (including the ANUSA Emergency Grant or the PARSA Emergency Grant).
Please note that to be eligible for the grant, you must be able to submit documentation proving identity, enrolment, and visa status; and demonstrating a need for the grant, including bank statements.
To apply, book a consultation with ANU Thrive at the top of this page. We will then have a chat with you to discuss the grant. You can also direct any questions regarding the grant to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lions Club, with support from ANU Thrive, is offering $50 food vouchers to international students facing financial hardship. The Lions Club gives time and energy to others in the community, and currently they wish to support international students in need. The food vouchers will be able to be spent at Coles or Woolworths to buy essential food items and hygiene products.
- Currently enrolled international student at the Australian National University living in ACT
- Cannot afford costs of living, inclusive of groceries and personal hygiene items; and
- Can adequately demonstrate or explain the need of financial assistance.
To apply please send a copy of the following details to email@example.com with the subject “Food Voucher”:
- Enrolment confirmation (letter of enrolment available on ISIS).
- Proof of international student status (visa details).
- Brief personal statement addressing the criteria above (max 200 words). Evidence of financial hardship is strongly encouraged, e.g. a bank statement or a work roster showing reduced hours.
- Best email address to receive the e-voucher.
Instant Wellbeing Support: TalkCampus
TalkCampus is a wellbeing support app available free of charge to ANU students, where you can get instant peer-support for your mental health any time of day and night. Student life can be incredibly tough. TalkCampus is here for the moments when you just need a friend. Talk anonymously to students from universities and colleges around the world going through the exact same struggles you are any time of day or night. This is a safe place where you can talk anonymously about anything and get support for your mental health and whatever is on your mind.