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Healthy Futures – Student Mental Health

Video credit: Fireteller Film & Story

Studying at university or TAFE is a chance to learn new things, meet new people, and enjoy a wide range of new experiences. However, this time can also be stressful, and many students have difficulty coping. Sadly, many do not reach out for help.

Small Things by Mel Tregonning – Allen & Unwin

Image credit: Small Things by Mel Tregonning – Allen & Unwin

This illustration is by Curtin graduate and talented artist Mel Tregonning who sadly passed away by suicide in 2014. Mel was a graphic designer, illustrator and creator of Small Things, which tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries, but who learns that help is always close by.

COVID-19 is an added stress factor to the already concerning number of students at risk of suicide, suicidal behaviour and self-injury. Curtin University wants to change this.  

We want to normalise help-seeking, equip students with good coping strategies and reduce the stigma attached to poor mental health. We want to encourage all students to avail themselves of support when they struggle.

As part of a Harvard-led research consortium, Curtin Professor Penelope Hasking and her team are refining a predictive tool that identifies students at future risk of suicide. Those identified are provided with tailored interventions, safety plans and professional support. A recent trial of Curtin students identified 86 out of 1,002 were at-risk. They were linked to urgent assistance.

Penelope’s team is continuously broadening referral options to connect students to the right mental health services and self-help resources. They are developing Managing Emotion, an online program to help all students look after their mental health.

This resource requires financial assistance from our friends and graduates.

Helpful resources

The Future of Self-Injury Recovery podcast

The Future of Self-Injury Recovery podcast

Why do people self-injure and what support do they need in their journey to recovery? Learn about misconceptions around self-injury and explore why it’s important to recognise recovery isn’t a linear process.

Managing Emotion

Managing Emotion

The Managing Emotion online resource assists all university students with ways in which we experience emotion, how we think and act, and how we can help regulate how we feel, particularly during stressful times.

Curtin FM – Jenny Seaton interviews Penelope Hasking

Curtin FM – Jenny Seaton interviews Penelope Hasking

Hear from Professor Penelope Hasking, a leading researcher in non-suicidal self-injury, adolescent wellbeing, alcohol and drug abuse, risky behaviours and suicide prevention in young people.

Recovery framework

Recovery framework

Professor Penny Hasking and Stephen Lewis release the self-injury recovery person-centered framework.

If you are struggling or in need of assistance, please contact Lifeline WA.