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YouDay Tuesday

Organised by the College of Business & Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture and Thursdays in Black, YouDay Tuesday is an opportunity to de-stress, take part in different fun activities and learn about the different groups on campus and how they can support you.

  • What: YouDay Tuesday
  • Where: C block lawn
  • When: Tuesday 16 October, 11:00am – 1:00pm

The event is open to staff and students, with free kai available as long as supplies last.

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


Chalk, talk, get active – Mental Health and Wellbeing at UC Health Centre

For the month of October UC Health Centre’s topic of the month is Mental Health and Wellbeing. This coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. Read on for great advice. 

 Get active – Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference.

Every Monday afternoon during this October, you can book a FREE appointment with a Green Prescription physical activity coach at the UC Health Centre. A Green Prescription gives you access to personalised physical activity advice and support.

Phone the UC Health Centre on 369 4444 to book an appointment or alternatively you may wish to discuss this with a doctor or nurse at the Health Centre first. It is your call.

Chalk Talk – Want to motivate others? Chalk your thoughts or the inspirations of your hero on the pavement outside the Health Centre. Chalk provided.

Take a moment – if you pop to the toilets in UC Health Centre you’ll find that the resource stands have been filled to the brim with mental health resources. Help yourself.

It’s always ok to ask for help –  UC Health Centre offers free counselling appointments to all students – both enrolled and not enrolled – who need help and support with their mental health. The team  ̶  nurses, GP’s and counsellors are all trained, ready and able to help. Counselling through the UC Health Centre is  free and confidential. We know it can be really hard to come to the UC Health Centre if you are distressed,  but you will be seen by people who care and can help you.

If there are no immediate counselling appointments available students can always access a Duty Nurse appointment to discuss their mental health needs/concerns.  We do not wish to turn anyone away.