Our supportive environment
Photography Studies College (Melbourne) promotes a college-wide approach to ensuring the health, wellbeing and safety of its students, staff and visitors.
Health and wellbeing when studying
Studying at college can be an exciting time - new experiences, new people, freedom to explore new ideas. It’s great to finally study what you want, but at times you may feel a little overwhelmed.
Good mental health is important
Good mental health is important as it helps you live with the challenges that life throws at you every day, and live your life in a positive and meaningful way.
Keeping mentally well and fit requires regular effort. The information and links below will help you to deal with stressful times and situations, and point you in the right place when you may need help and support.
Help & Hotlines
Is there a Doctor close by?
You may feel unwell and need a doctor. The Southgate Medical Centre is just a step away and Dr Fox will bulk bill PSC students – just show your Medicare and Photography Studies College (Melbourne) student card. It’s easy to book online. International students will be charged a fee which should be covered by your Overseas Student Health Cover (check with your health insurance).
Our helpful Librarian and Student Support Officer in the Information Resource Hub at the College can also assist you in making an appointment.
The Medical Centre is located at : mid level Southgate Complex, Southgate Avenue
Phone: +61 3 9690 1433
How can a Counsellor help?
If you find it difficult to attend classes or have fallen behind with your work, approach one of your lecturers - they will be able to assist by negotiating some changes to your workload, or they may suggest you speak with our college counsellor.
Photography Studies College (Melbourne) has provision for students to access a professional counsellor for support if you have issues that may affect your wellbeing and your ability to learn. This could include relationship issues, grief, stress and coping, personal problems, drug and alcohol issues. Talk to our Student Support Officer - Jill Bartholomeusz, about arranging an appointment.
If you are hurt or need immediate help and support, anywhere, please call 000.
If you hurt yourself at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), a number of our staff are trained in First Aid. Please enquire with our Student Services Officers at the main reception area.
If you experience cyber bullying – Please contact South Melbourne Police directly 9257 3800 or phone the local police station near where you live.
If you feel anxious or depressed contact:
Mental Health Online: https://www.mentalhealthonline.org.au/
Headspace: call +61 3 9417 0150
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
If you, or someone you are with, need urgent help, or if you think you may harm yourself, contact:
Lifeline: call 13 11 14
- for people of all ages
- telephone support (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and online web chat (nightly, 7 days a week) with a counsellor.
Suicide Call Back Service: call 1300 659 467
- for people aged 15 years or over
- telephone, video or online counselling with a mental health worker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The good news is that if there are trained and qualified people and agencies out there that can help you discreetly and confidentially.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment
At Photography Studies College (Melbourne) we're committed to providing a safe and secure working and learning environment, and we have zero tolerance for sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Photography Studies College (Melbourne) provides support for students who report sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or sexual harassment.
You can find the relevant Photography Studies College (Melbourne) Policy here
If you have been assaulted, threatened or harassed, you are encouraged to think about your safety and support needs. To know your rights so please consider the following information and support.
Urgent help - Police contacts for sexual assault
If you are feeling unsafe right now, call the emergency number 000.
If you require police assistance, but there is no immediate danger, call 131 444
The services listed can help you with safety concerns and talk to you about options such as counselling.
If you think a criminal sexual offence has been committed and you want to make a complaint, you may wish to seek further advice.
You can report past incidents, online incidents, on behalf of someone else and anonymously.
Sexual Assault Crisis Line: call 1800 806 292 (free call)
Lists Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault
Bravehearts Victoria: call 1800 272 831