Many people experience issues and concerns at some time in their lives that may affect their wellbeing, general functioning and work performance. Professional support and services are available to help staff with a range of concerns:

  • health issues
  • personal and work relationships
  • personal issues
  • workplace change and pressures.

We need to support our work colleagues who have a mental illness, or who may be experiencing emotional distress. Mental health issues are likely to affect almost half of the Australian population at some stage in their lives, so encouraging these conversations at work is the right thing to do.

Counselling and psychological support

R U OK day

Celebrating R U OK? Day at UQ is an excellent way of showing your colleagues that your care about mental health and are not afraid to talk about mental health matters.

At UQ, we promote R U OK? Day in your local area and encourage you to access the training offered to staff and students leading up to the day.

Training for staff

You can participate in a range of training opportunities to:

  • help understand mental health
  • know how to provide help to those around us
  • develop strategies and techniques to protect against mental illness.

These include:


If you supervise or manage someone who is off work due to illness, it's important that you remain in contact to show your support for them. If they are away from work for more than a few weeks, speak to your HR team.

You can also:

Other resources for managers to create healthy workplaces and support staff:

Guides for UQ managers and supervisors:

Handling workplace stress

We know that stress is a normal response to workplace demands. It helps us stay alert and perform at our best. But managing stress so that it doesn't damage our mental health can be challenging.

The eapdirect online service has a wide range of articles about managing workplace stress.

Other resources include: