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Mental Health Awareness Week – get involved

Student and staff well-being is a priority for our UC community and Mental Health Awareness Week from 8 – 14 October encourages us to focus on looking after ourselves.

World Mental Health Day is Wednesday 10 October, and we encourage you to head outdoors and get active. Walking is a great way to improve your mental health and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. The Breeze Walking Festival has a number of walks to choose from including our own UC run, All Right? Amble 2018 

Take the time to visit our Wellbeing Partnership web page. Three UC courses to consider if you have not had the chance are: Growing Personal Resilience 2018, Mental Health & Wellbeing – Awareness for Heads & Managers and Supporting Students in Crisis.

If you are concerned about a friend, colleague or student, ask how they are doing and listen – you don’t need to be an expert. If you are still concerned, suggest they contact a professional service such as their family doctor or the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is a confidential counselling service, paid for by the university, designed for short-term intervention.

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has excellent advice at www.mentalhealth.org.nz.

Students can attend the UC Health Centre or contact Student Care at any time. If you refer a student, check in with them soon afterwards to see how they got on. These sorts of actions show you care, encourages others to get help when needed and helps remove the stigma around mental health.


Paul O’Flaherty 
Executive Director Human Resources
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata 

Lynn McClelland
Executive Director Student Services and Communications 
Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā


Spring Clean Your Mind – Message from UC Chaplain Spanky Moore

“Hey, Kiaora everyone! My name is the Reverend Spanky Moore.

I am the Chaplain at the University of Canterbury.  Look, it’s spring time at my house, beautiful blue skies, isn’t it lovely.  Suns out.  Lemon tree fruiting. Gosh, everything feels so good right now.

Something I want to encourage you to do as you come into your first week of term four, end of semester, as you’re driving towards the end.  Is to do something I would call a spring clean of your mind.  You know sometimes we might do a spring clean of our house but often we don’t look at the thing that is closest to us, which is our mind, which has the most impact on how we’ll do in life. 

A while ago, I had in my car, this terrible stink that started to come out of my car.  I couldn’t work out where it was or what it was.   After searching my car i discovered, we had some Dubba Dubba, you know the Moroccan place down on Bush Inn corner.  We’d had some Dubba Dubba and I’d forgotten that I’d half eaten it and slid it under the seat of my car and when I got it out, it had sort of sweated in the plastic bag, and it was moldy and it had stunk out the whole car, but it was really really hard to find the stink.  It was kind of hidden away secretly.

I think that can be same with some of the ways that we think, we call it our self talk, or our mind traps.  Sometimes our brains get stuck in this loop and we start to think the worst of things.  We have a whole lot of self talk that isn’t based on reality.  Sometimes it’s based on our emotions, or just how we feel, our fears.

My challenge for you when you want to spring clean our mind is, You want to hunt down in your mind, where is there stinky thinking.  Stuff that isn’t true, it’s not serving you and in fact it is setting you up to fail.  

So, let me give you an example of something from my own life.  Sometimes, when I go and talk to strangers, I feel like they think that I’m lame, that I’m a loser and that they won’t like me but actually someone said, from now on Spanky, here is what you should say to yourself, say: “I’m going to assume that these people like me, until they prove otherwise”.  Does that make sense?

So, when I walk into a place, I assume that the people will like me and look, they can prove otherwise and I will accept that they don’t want to be my friend but other than that but other than that I am going to assume that they do like me.  That has actually set me up, so that when I go into rooms,  I’m actually much warmer, I’m less fear-filled, less anxious and you know what people actually like me more because of it. 

It’s the same with study, if you go into your exams saying “I’m dumb, I’m thick, I can’t do this”, it’s going to have that knock off consequence.

So, that’s my advice for you. It’s spring time, get into your mind, work out where is your stinky thinking and you’ve got to clean out the car.  Find out wherever that rotten takeaway’s are in your mind.  Get it out, you’ll be happier for it, you’ll be better with your studies, and you’ll actually like being with yourself.  Your mind has to be your friend.

Anyway, that’s my advice, have a great spring.

God Bless,


Dr Bike is back for Term 4!

Free bike servicing!

Dr Bike is back for Term 4, and here to help get you back on your bike –  just in time for spring.

Olly and Kieran will be on C Block Lawn every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm – 2.30pm for all your free bike servicing needs!

Drop past with your bike any time between 1pm – 2.30pm and they will help you out with punctures, oiling chains, and any general tuning.

If you have any questions about Dr Bike, please email sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

Keep pedalling!

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