Mental Health First Aid and Emergencies


 The School of BEES has staff trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Please contact them if you have any questions or concerns about the mental health of yourself or another, or need advice on resources.

Mira van der Ley
Room G23A, Building D26 (near Biosciences Student Office)
Phone: 9385 8030
Mental Health First Aid Officer | Senior First Aid Officer

Melissa Hart
Room 445, Level 4, Matthews Building, CCRC
Phone: 9385 6263
Mental Health First Aid Officer

Jonathan Russell
Room 241, Building D26 (BEES and BABS School Office)
Phone: 9385 0637
Mental Health First Aid Officer


We will support students and staff who report sexual harassment or sexual assault. There are internal (i.e. within UNSW) and external options available.

You will find some suggestions and resources at the following locations: and – this page has a link to a reporting portal which can be used anonymously


  •  UNSW students are entitled to unlimited FREE counselling sessions. Click here for more information.
  • UNSW staff are entitled to 6 FREE counselling sessions via Employee Assistance Program. Click here for more information.
  • There is an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about. Read about one student’s experience with mental health problems here.
  •  What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. Click here.







Signs and Symptoms of Someone in Need

Mental Health Resources for Students

Mental Health Resources for Staff

Mental Health Services and Resources