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Bibliotherapy: can you read yourself happy?

Bibliotherapy: can you read yourself happy?

Bibliotherapist Hephzibah Anderson says “Reading has been proven to sharpen analytical thinking, enabling us to better discern patterns – a handy tool when it comes to the often baffling behaviour of ourselves and others. But fiction in particular can make you more socially able and empathetic.

Last year, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology published a paper showing how reading Harry Potter made young people in the UK and Italy more positively disposed towards stigmatised minorities such as refugees.

And in 2013, psychologists at the New School for Social Research found that literary fiction enhanced people’s ability to register and read others’ emotions.” Read the full article on BBC Culture, and head to your campus library to see what’s on display for Mental health Awareness Week.

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Health, welfare and support services on campus

Student support – good support is available here at UC. If  a student needs to talk to someone, or finds that their studies are being affected, here is a list of the dedicated support teams here on campus:

Mental Health Awareness Week – 3 ideas for your department

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1. Get involved on campus

MONDAY 10 Oct

  • MHAW Office Lockout (12-1pm) MORE INFORMATION BELOW see idea #2
  • Suprehero-themed Meglaclass (UC RecCentre, 5pm)

TUESDAY 11 Oct

WEDNESDAY 12 Oct

  • Pet the Huskies! (Outside North Arts, 12-2pm)

THURSDAY 13 Oct

For ideas on how to connect with nature for better wellbeing visit: https://mhaw.nz/get-involved/new-get-involved-sub-page/

2. Green your office

Decorate your workplace with a nature theme or think about bringing the outdoors in.

Post your pics to Instagram with the hashtag #mhawnz or email your photos to communications@mentalhealth.org.nz and you’ll be in to win lots of cool prizes!

There is also a colouring competition for kids aged four-12 with a $50 prezzy card up for grabs

3. National Lockout
Time: 12-1pm Date: Monday 10 October 2016 (World Mental Health Day)
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Rain or shine, turn off the computer, down tools, shut up shop and head outside to explore the world around you. You don’t need to strap on your hiking boots or drive into the bush – simply discover the blue and green spaces you work and live around every day and make time to feel naturally happy.

What could you do? Go on a colour walk with colleagues – see how many different shades and colours are around your office. Head out for a picnic lunch with friends, lie under a tree and read a book – whatever you do, commit to taking notice of the beauty that surrounds you, whether you work in industrial Penrose or on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Remember to post your lockout photos to social media with the hashtag #MHAWLockout and let MHAWNZ know what you have planned to be in to win heaps of cool spot prizes!

Connect with nature – UC’s edible campus map

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Spending time in nature is great for your wellbeing.

Nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Research has shown that spending time in nature is great for mental and physical health. Evidence proves it makes us happier, decreases feelings of depression and anxiety, improves concentration, buffers against stress, makes our lives meaningful and reduces health inequalities related to poverty.

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Click here or on the map below to view an awesome way to connect with nature right here on campus.

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The Edible Campus Map was developed by the UC Sustainability Office.

Tetanus vaccinations available now

Tetanus shots are available now at the UC Health Centre for our enrolled patients who are aged 45 and 65 years.

The vaccine is free but there is a $10 charge for the nurse service.

The Government encourages people to have these vaccines at this time of life as childhood protection is usually depleted and the risk of tetanus is not. Those who are a few years beyond these designated ages are also eligible.

What you need to know

Tetanus is contracted through puncture wounds or those contaminated by soil or animal faeces. These wounds can be quite trivial, for example rose thorn pricks. Hospitalisation of four women over 60 for tetanus in 2013 shows the need for protection in adults who often think these risks belong to younger people.

Patients enrolled at UC Health are invited to see us. Please phone first to book a nurse appointment, or for more information, phone: 364 2402