Mental Health and Wellbeing

Graduate students face a unique set of challenges when it comes to maintaining their mental health and wellbeing. Thankfully, there are a variety of resources and services available to help identify, prevent, navigate and overcome these difficulties.

Monash Graduate Association Services & Events

Social Events

Throughout the year the MGA organises social events, free lunches, off-campus trips and activities for graduate students. Most events are free of charge but where there is a fee, the MGA subsidises the cost for Monash graduate students. Browse through our calendar of upcoming events and mark your diaries!


All Monash graduate students are welcome to seek free advice and advocacy from the MGA on any issue related to their study. Our Advocacy service is free, confidential and runs completely independently from the University.

Group Health and Fitness

There is strength in numbers! Find the motivation to stick to a healthy fitness routine by participating in our regular group fitness activities run by the MGA.

Graduate Student Groups

The MGA offers a series of grants to graduate students who want to organise group events and activities that foster learning and community-building within and across programs.

MGA Mentoring Programs

The MGA runs several mentoring programs to suit a variety of student’s needs. Our mentoring programs are a great way to get useful advice, learn valuable skills and build life-long friendships that can provide you with some of your most cherished memories of graduate student life

Graduate Student Parent Guide

So you’ve decided to take on the challenging job of juggling graduate study and family?  Bravo, we salute you! This guide is designed especially for you – to inform and support you study, all while parenting.

 International Student Guide

Moving to a new country to study can be daunting, especially if you are living away from family for the first time. The MGA believes it is important to ensure that information and resources are easily accessible to you. This page outlines services that support international graduate students before and after you arrive in Australia.

University Services

Monash Medical Service (Caulfield, Clayton, Peninsula)

Monash operates a medical clinic at Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses, which are open from 9am to 5pm weekdays.

For more information and to make an appointment, please visit their website.

Free Counselling

Counselling can help you with problems coping with study or university life, stress and anxiety or depression, loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, negative feeling or suicidal thoughts, relationship or family issues.

No issue is too big or too small.

Book an appointment here.

Contacts for emergency and after-hours mental health

Please see this link for the University’s detailed list of who to contact for emergency assistance. 

Disability Support Service (DSS) 

Monash University promotes access and equity for students who have a disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition.

For more information and to register for assistance, please visit the website here.

Mindfulness programs

Monash University offers a range of mindfulness programs to help reduce stress and improve performance and wellbeing.

See this link for information on their programs.

Culture Connect 

Whether you are an international student feeling isolated or overwhelmed by Australian society, or a domestic student looking to learn a language, preparing to study abroad or just interested in knowing more about the world, Culture Connect brings together domestic and international students, creating an opportunity for you to develop authentic and enduring cultural connection with your peers at Monash.

Monash Sport

Keep active on campus. Monash Sport is open 7 days a week to students, staff and the community.

Other useful resources

Beyond Blue

If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to take the first step in getting help. Support from your family, friends and/or a health professional can get you started on the road to recovery. Beyond Blue can help guide you through this process. Contact them via email, phone or online to chat with trained health professionals. 

This Way Up

THIS WAY UP provides online learning programs, education and research in anxiety, depressive disorders and physical health. You can either work through these courses by yourself or under the supervision of your clinician.

Kind Words

A game about writing nice letters to real people. Write and receive encouraging letters in a cosy room. Trade stickers and listen to chill music. We’re all in this together. Sometimes all you need are a few kind words.

Employment Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP is an external service that provides confidential phone counselling and digital support throughout Australia and overseas. This service is free to HDR students and staff only.