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MHAW Day 2 – Kia Mataara | Take Notice

Kia ora ano,

The theme for today is Kia Mataara | Take Notice. Now that many of us have returned to campus, and maybe restarted part time work or sport, we would have noticed the speedometer of our lives increase rapidly. We are so busy, moving from one task to the next, that often we don’t take time to slow down and appreciate the very moment we are living in.

Taking notice (sometimes called mindfulness) can be as simple as a study break outside, noticing the trees (cherry blossoms are a must at UC), birds and all the activity on campus. Some people like to be guided in their mindfulness, and there are guided breathing and mindfulness activities on Mentemia, which you can download and access for free (more info here).

Have a go at whatever works for you, try and take a break to notice and be mindful today.

Here is what’s on today:

CONNECT with Jazz Thornton – 12:30pm via webinar

Young New Zealander of the Year and Voice of Mentemia, Jazz Thornton catching up with Sir JK to discuss the importance of connection and sharing ways to connect during lockdowns and alert level changes. Find out more and register for this webinar here

Crafternoon in Te Rua Makerspace @ 2pm

Have you visited Te Rua Makerspace? It is an amazing facility on L2 of Puaka – James Hight, there is something for everyone! In the Makerspace, learning is made practical by applying a range of disciplines to explore ideas, solve problems and build things through making. This afternoon is Crafternoon! Join Jess and the team to create something or work on your own project.

Have a happy and healthy day whānau,

UC Wellbeing

MHAW Day 1 – Kia Kori | Be Active

Kia ora UC whānau,

Today is Day 1 of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). This week is all about bringing awareness to the fact that we all have an experience with mental health and wellbeing, and there are small things we can do every day to help support positive mental health.

Each day we will have a theme, aligning to one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Our theme for today is Kia Kori | Be Active. Being active can take many different forms, and it doesn’t have to include an intense run or gym session! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little further away from campus, go to that Zumba class or dance in your own living room! Make movement fun and do things that make you feel good.

Here’s what is happening around campus today!

UC Rec and Sport Kahoot – $300 in prizes!

That’s right – $300 in prizes! Put your sport and physical activity knowledge to the test tonight at 7pm. Visit the UC Rec and Sport Facebook page for more info.

Have you signed up for the 10,000 steps challenge yet?

Did you think we couldn’t give away any more prizes? Well we have another $150 worth of Rebel Sport vouchers to give away for three lucky winners who have registered for the 10,000 steps challenge and completed 40,000 steps by the end of MHAW. If you are up for the challenge, get more info here.

Keep an eye on the @ucnz Instagram page and right here on the Insider’s Guide for daily updated on the events happening around campus.

Ngā mihi,

UC Wellbeing

Here’s why FRIES is the most important thing you will look at this week

Content Warning – sexual violence 

This week is Sexual Violence Awareness Week (SVAW). It is an opportunity to reflect on the harm that can be caused to individuals and communities when sexual violence occurs. Sexual violence includes both sexual assault and sexual harassment. For more information on what sexual violence includes, take a look at the sexual harm section of the UC website here. 

Sexual violence occurs when no consent is provided, so understanding the importance of consent and how it works is fundamental to healthy sex. 

Here is an acronym that highlights some important components of consent:  

Freely given – consent must be given without any force, pressure, or coercion 

Reversible – you can take back your consent at any time. Just because you have given your consent for something once it does not mean you have to do it again, and just because you may consent to one activity does not mean that your consent continues if the activity changes in any way.  

Informed – you need to know what you are consenting to. There should not be anything hidden from you. 

Enthusiastic – the word ‘yes’ alone doesn’t always guarantee legal consent. Making sure the people involved give an enthusiastic yes will help you to make sure they are not giving their consent under pressure, force, or coercion 

Safe – the whole consent process should feel physically, mentally, and emotionally safe. Remember the law too – you cannot give consent if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol (more on that later this week), under the age of 16 or under force, pressure, or coercion. 

FRIES is not the answer to everything but it does set some good groundwork for what a healthy and safe consent process looks like. 

If you are interested in learning more about sexual violence prevention in tertiary spaces, Thursdays In Black are hosting a panel discussion on this topic at 6pm  onThursday 23 September – you can tune in here. 

George Haswell
Kaihāpai Oranga | Health and Wellbeing Promoter 


Support for students 

UC Sexual Harm Support webpage – here 

Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care – 03 369 3388, 

Māori student support – 03 369 1445, 

Pacific student support – 03 369 1445, 

Rainbow student support – 03 369 1445, 

Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre – 03 369 4444, 

Chaplaincy services – Rev Dr John Fox, 027 357 1628, 

UCSA Welfare and Advocacy Service – 03 369 0555, 

Safe to Talk – Ph 0800 004 334 or txt 4334 

Ministry of Health Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737 

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357 for free, 24/7, confidential support