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Anonymous text helpline – Thursdays in Black

Thursdays in Black is a student club at UC that not only seeks to prevent rape and sexual violence but to promote healthy relationships and to offer support for our students.

We want everyone to feel safe in our community and feel like your voice is being heard so you can feel empowered to stand up for what you believe in. 

Thursdays in Black is here to help. We have set up an anonymous helpline using pre-paid phones so you can text and discuss any topic or incident that may have made you feel uncomfortable or distressed. The student team will also be able to let you know what other support options might be available to you.

Sometimes you just want to be able to talk to someone – Thursdays in Black is here for you.

Anonymous helpline – contact the Thursdays in Black student support team on any of these numbers

Molly Brooke – 021 08108508
Molly Thomas – 021 08254856
Ben O’Connell – 021 08399065

Unexpected exam results? Check out this practical guide

The possibility of failing is an inescapable part of life. Truth is, failing happens, and it happens even to very successful people. Often, what makes the biggest difference is the attitude we take towards failure, and the practical steps we take when it happens. We’ve put together three pieces of advice to help you move forward.

Step one: Deal with the feels

  • be kind to yourself
  • give yourself some time out
  • focus on self-comfort
  • get some exercise or hang out with friends

Step two: Evaluate the situation

  • do some detective work to find out what went wrong
  • determine what you had control over
  • talk to a classmate
  • talk to course staff

Step three: Make a plan of action

  • think about positive next steps to help improve
  • eg, ask questions in classes and tutorials
  • talk with support staff for their advice
  • reframe how you think about failing

Read more about practical steps you can take here. 

Even famous people experience setbacks, check out what Barack Obama encountered early on in his political career.

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working…

For him, the solution was to refocus his thoughts away from questions of whether his decision to enter politics was right, and concentrate instead on the work that lay ahead.

…the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.” —Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Five ways to feel All Right – UC Amble organisers spread the word

What do you do when the rain puts a dampener on your event? You take the event indoors to where the people are!

Last week that’s exactly what the organisers of the UC All Right? Amble did. The event was held on Universities Mental Health Day and organised by a team of Health Science students with support from staff.   

“It was designed to celebrate the Five Ways to Wellbeing with five activity stations set up across campus. The idea was that staff and students could enjoy some practical and fun activities that support their mental wellbeing,” says second year student George Haswell.

However, when the rain refused to ease the UC All Right Amble moved indoors to the C-Block foyer and Central Library where organisers chatted to other students about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and gave away freebies.

“We don’t always have to put on a big event to celebrate the Five Ways to Wellbeing. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are things that people can do every day to help with their mental wellbeing. It’s just as important as physical wellbeing,” Joni Brand, second year student, says.  

George explains the Five Ways to Wellbeing include Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Be Active and Give.

“These are simple strategies that students can use to help their mental wellbeing while studying here at UC.”

See below for more information about the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

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Five Ways to Wellbeing
International research has found there are five ways we can all improve our mental health and wellbeing, even when we’re under stress.

  1. Connect | Me Whakawhanaunga
    Whether we’re catching up with friends, spending quality time with our whānau or getting to know someone new, connecting with others can be a great pick-me-up.
  2. Take Notice | Me Aro Tonu
    When we slow down and tune in to the world we can really savour the moment. Remember the simple things that give you joy.
  3. Keep Learning | Me Ako Tonu
    If you’re keen to try something new or rediscover an old hobby, go for it! Enjoying a fresh challenge can be a great confidence boost.
  4. Be Active | Me Kori Tonu
    Did you know that moving your body can also move your mood? So do what you can and enjoy what you do. Every little bit counts!
  5. Give | Tukua
    When did you last show a little love? Whether it’s a friendly smile, an act of kindness or giving someone a helping hand, the little things we do can make a big difference.

Check out the Mental Health Foundation website for more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

There is a wide range of services here on campus to support your wellbeing:


If you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone any time.