The Black Dog Institute is affiliated with UNSW and is Australia's only medical research institute dedicated to investigating mental health across the lifespan. 

Your Mental Health at Work

UNSW Wellbeing is working with the Black Dog Institute to roll out training for staff members and managers on 'Your Mental Health at Work'.

This training is delivered as an eLearning module which you can work through at your own pace. On completion of the training, you will be able to:

  • understand warning signs and stressors, changes in behaviour, how to respond and where to seek support (for yourself and others)
  • understand feelings and reactions and the importance of early intervention
  • know how to model wellbeing behaviours
  • be familiar with practical, evidence based coping strategies

The eLearning module consists of three sections for employees and four sections for managers.

If you would like to complete the training, please email Liza Poppert and advise if you would like to undertake the staff or manager version of the training.


The Black Dog Institute has developed a customisable self-help program called myCompass, to assist you to take care of your own mental health.

myCompass will help you learn new ways to deal with thoughts, feelings and behaviours that cause you trouble and provide you with a toolkit of strategies to use when you need them. The program includes 14 interactive learning activities that each come with three 10-15 minute sessions you complete in your own time.

It is recommended that you use myCompass actively for a minimum of seven weeks, to enable lasting improvements to mood, anxiety and stress levels. You'll learn skills and strategies taught by doctors and psychologists to make positive changes in your life.

Click here for more information and to get started.

Recognise and Respond

UNSW Health has partnered with the Black Dog Institute to offer subsidised suicide prevention training to UNSW students and staff.

Recognise and Respond: Suicide Prevention for Everyday Life aims to assist in reducing and preventing suicide in Australia by equipping people with the skills to intervene with someone who is contemplating suicide.

The self-directed e-learning module is comprised of four main learning components:

  • recognising the signs of suicide
  • having a conversation with and supporting the person
  • providing help to the person
  • self-care

To register for the course, please click here.