Free online course to help address mental health impacts of COVID-19

During the first stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, 78% of Australians said their mental health was impacted.(1) The pandemic has not only taken lives, but has cost jobs, shut down businesses, created disruptions to education and life milestones, and driven record calls to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention helplines(2) – while deepening our national mental health crisis.


On this World Mental Health Day, Torrens University in partnership with Beyond Blue is launching a free, online short course that will provide vital insights into the experiences of people living with depression.


Understanding Depression: Learning From Lived Experience is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will give insight into the day-to-day lived experiences of people with depression, and the family and friends who support them.

The four-week course is open to anyone with a personal or professional interest in understanding depression. Commencing on Monday 26 October 2020, it will be delivered by Torrens University lecturers alongside content created by people with a lived experience of depression, including representatives from Beyond Blue.


The course will be delivered through the lens of people who have been affected by depression. It will provide an insight into the challenges that people living with depression face – from how it can be triggered, how it shapes daily life and how people have found support to ongoing management and recovery.


“The lived experience perspectives are central to the course design and content so that learners participating in the MOOC can gain a deeper understanding of how to support someone living with depression. We created this course to share perspectives that are often left unheard,” says Emma Donaldson, Senior Lecturer at Torrens University Australia, and facilitator of the MOOC.


The course takes place entirely online and requires a two-hour commitment each week for four weeks. Participants will learn together (having the ability to connect with each other in a student community), build on their knowledge and understanding of depression, and find new ways to support each other and those around them. The insights and skills gained can be applied to any workplace or community.


For more information, to meet the people who share their experiences with depression in the MOOC, or to register go to:

Launched on World Mental Health Day and Delivered by Torrens University in partnership with Beyond Blue and people with lived experiences

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