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Mental Health Awareness Week – Five Ways to Wellbeing and support on campus

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, which is all about focusing on our wellbeing and making sure we’re looking after ourselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

Remember the simple things that give you joy

Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

Your time, your words, your presence

Support on campus
If you’d like to talk to someone about life at UC, getting help with course work, a personal matter or you just need someone to talk to, there is a range of free support available on campus.



What’s the haps?! 16-22 March

This week is UC Diversity Week (16th-21st) so there are loads of different events going on for that! A lot of the events are also presented/provided for by clubs on campus, which is pretty awesome! You can check out the full line-up here, as only a few of the many events will be listed on this week’s ‘What’s the haps?!”.

Monday 16th:

  • Open mic forum (presented for FEMSOC): As part of Diversity Week FEMSOC will be providing a forum in which you can hear from a number of speakers from campus and the wider community about modern gender issues. 1-2pm in the Undercroft.
  • A night with Mojo Mathers (presented by DESOC)5.30-7pm in The Living Room. Mojo Mathers, NZ’s first deaf MP will talk on issues surrounding diversity and the rights of people with disabilities.
  • UC SciFi Quiz Night: 6.45pm at The Foundry test your sci-fi and fantasy know-how, and well as general knowledge! $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members.

Tuesday 17th:

  • Accessibility Amazing Race: Experience the world as other students may have to do either in a wheelchair, through vision impaired glasses or with crutches. Compete in a group of 5 students and race around campus to be in to win some cool prizes! 10.30-12pm, C Block Lawn.
  • St Patrick’s Day Party: A celebration as part of Diversity Week from 9-11pm at The Foundry! Djs will be on till late!

Wednesday 18th:

  • World Market: At lunchtime (11.30-1.30pm) don’t miss out on the delicious international options available on C Block Lawn. Don’t forget CASH! There will also be cultural performances from clubs and the wider community.
  • EFSOC (Economics, and Finance) Quiz Night: 6.30pm at Bentley’s bar, $2 entry.

Thursday 19th:

Saturday 21st:

Why I’m attending Diversity Week and why you should too!

Diversity Week is nearly upon us! All the excitement kicks off on Monday. We’ve heard through the grapevine that there’s a few students out there getting excited so today for our final piece from students on diversity at UC, we’ve asked Luke Gillespie and Dan Chan from the UCSA, to share with us their thoughts on the week ahead…

Diversity Week will mean something different for everyone.. go figure… we’re diverse! But for me personally, I see it as an opportunity to understand how we, as students, can act in a way that includes others, sees things from another’s point of view and how we can show respect for one another regardless of our differences in beliefs or backgrounds. Diversity Week gives all of us the opportunity to reflect and think about who we are and how we engage with others.

I’m attending Diversity Week because this is a week worth celebrating! It’s a time to truly acknowledge and thrive on difference. Too often we stick to what we know – but where’s the fun in that!? This is an opportunity to learn something new, meet someone new and discover something new. Ultimately Diversity Week is special, it’s a first of its kind and so are YOU – that in itself is worth celebrating!

Nĭ hăo! I’m Dan and here’s why I’m frothing over Diversity Week.

I like to compare diversity to a bag of lollies. Let’s be honest – when choosing what to buy, you’re always drawn to the good ol’ party mix because you know you’re going to get a range of different types and flavours which enhances your experience. The same goes for diversity. A more diverse campus means a more vibrant and interesting place and ultimately enriches the student experience.

Diversity Week is all about celebrating the range of diverse individuals and groups we have on campus. If you’re anything like me, and you love to eat, then you should all head down to the World Market at 11:30am on C-Block lawn next Wednesday! Many of our international clubs will be there to offer you culinary delights from around the world.

I will leave you all with words from one of my favourite artists, Macklemore – “I might not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom ‘til we’re equal, damn right I support it!

Thanks Luke and Dan – see you next week!

P.S check out the Diversity Week Facebook event here to keep up to date on all the events coming your way.

Diversity Week