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Health and wellbeing

Your VCE years can be demanding, so it’s important to be resilient, stay engaged and take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally.

Developing healthy study habits, connecting with friends and family and making time to have fun can help keep things in perspective.

It’s important to remember that there are many pathways to success in life, and VCE is only one of the ways available to achieve your career goals.

It’s normal to experience some stress before examinations but if you feel that you’re not coping, or there are other things happening in your life that are affecting your preparation, you could consider speaking to your school’s Student Wellbeing Coordinator or VCE Coordinator. They are trained to provide advice, and make sure you have access to support.

If you are able, keep an eye on your friends and classmates. If you think someone is stressed, or struggling in any way, you might be able to help by pointing them towards some of the below resources.  Beyond Blue have co-developed an app to assist with checking in with your friends. You can find the Check-In app here.

Another useful service is eheadspace, an online counselling chat serviced by experienced youth mental health professionals, including social workers, mental health nurses, psychologists and occupational therapists, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are one-on-one and anonymous group chat sessions available. You can also call these services. They are all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline: 13 11 14 
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
In an emergency call 000.

Here is a list of resources to assist you with issues that may arise while you’re completing your VCE. Please note that these links are external to the VCAA website.

Mental Health Support


Looking Out For Friends


Advice and Support for Parents and Guardians


Crisis Support