Resilience in different settings can have a range of meanings.

When it comes to you as a student, as a future health professional, a practicing health professional, along with all the many other roles you play in life (including friend, partner, adult child, sibling, employee, neighbour…. perhaps even carer, parent, mentor and many other important roles) there is a lot for you to juggle.

Developing resilience and a strategy to support your own wellbeing is essential for yourself in the long term.

There are organisations and resources that may be able to assist you in this process. Going Rural Health have also produced an online learning module on resilience and self-care that you can access at any time. Click on the link below for more details:

For more student mental health resources, see our ‘Online Resources for Students’ page at 

What is resilience?

The American Psychological Association (2014) defines resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress


Resilience can only be learned by experiencing challenging situations and learning to grow from them.
  • It’s learning to overcome challenges
  • It’s taking lessons from each challenge and applying that to your life, to your mindset and your actions in the future
  • It’s knowing when you should access your supports and ask for help
  • It’s becoming stronger from each obstacle
Building our resilience is done by being able to reflect and grow from each situation.
It is being able to reflect on:
  • What you could have done differently
  • What you have learned about yourself
  • What have you learned about other people
  • Is there anything that you need to do to rectify the situation?

One key success factor to resilience is ensuring that your wellbeing is paramount, that you ask for help when needed, that you take time out as required and equip your mind, body and soul with what it needs to thrive.

Below we have listed a number of resources to assist you with growing your resilience, looking after your wellbeing and also assisting you with the right mindset to support you in your studies, career and life in general.

The list below is certainly not an exhaustive list, however it is a great start to point you in the right direction.

The listed resources are not for emergency support.  Should you need to talk to someone please call:


The Centre for Clinical Interventions has a number of fantastic resources covering anxiety, worry, depression, bipolar disorder, self-compassion, overcoming distress, self esteem, panic attacks, perfectionism, procrastination and many more topics.


Below we have listed a number of workbooks which we feel would be helpful to a broad range of students, however more workbooks can be found here.

Assert Yourself – Improve your Assertiveness

Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self esteem. This information package is designed to provide you with some information about assertiveness – what it is, what stops us from being assertive and how to become more assertive.

Back from the Bluez – Coping with Depression

This pack includes 9 modules designed to provide some information about depression and suggested strategies to help manage your moods.

Keeping Your Balance – Bipolar Disorder

This workbook has been designed to develop some strategies in managing bipolar disorder and contains 8 modules.

Shy No Longer – Social Anxiety

This workbook has 12 modules, designed to provide you with some information about social anxiety and suggested strategies for how you can manage your anxiety in social situations.

Building Self Compassion

Taking you from self-criticism to self-kindness.  This 7 module kit will provide you with some information and practical skills to help you be less critical and more compassionate towards yourself.

Facing Your Feelings

Over 4 modules, you will cover information on overcoming distress intolerance and will provide you with suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively.

Helping Health Anxiety

Over 9 modules, this package is designed to provide you with some information about health anxiety, including how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to decrease your health worries and concerns.

Improving Self- Esteem

Designed to assist with overcoming low self-esteem: This 9 module information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem – how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem.

Panic Stations – Panic Attacks and Anxiety

This Coping with Panic Attacks package includes 12 modules designed to provide you with some information about panic attacks and panic disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your panic and anxiety.

Perfectionism in Perspective

This 9 module package is designed to help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist.  The goal is not for you to give up your high standards altogether but to learn to pursue healthy high standards rather than unrelenting high standards that negatively impact your life.

Put Off Procrastinating

Includes 7 modules designed to provide you with some information about procrastination and some suggested strategies for how you can address this problem.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.

Mastering Your Worry

Designed to provide you with some information about chronic worrying and generalised anxiety disorder, which suggested strategies for how you can manage your worry and anxiety across the 10 modules.




headspace has been designed for young people

Fact Sheets

Below we have listed a number of fact sheets which may be of interest to students, however more workbooks can be found here.

Tips for a healthy headspace

This fact sheet includes information on sleep, physical activity, drug and alcohol abuse, setting goals, building strategies, self talk, assertiveness, relaxation etc.

What is mental health?

This fact sheet includes different mental health problems, and how to look after your mental health.