The draft version of UC’s Equity and Diversity Policy is currently out for consultation, and staff are encouraged to provide feedback on it.
The document articulates the University’s commitment to equity and diversity and is intended as a framework for embedding principles relating to equity and diversity at UC. It has been developed by the Central Equity & Diversity Advisory Committee.
Given that nearly 50 percent of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, with depression projected to overcome heart disease as the biggest global health burden by 2020, there is a fundamental need for workplaces to understand and support mental health.
Shaun Robinson, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand will present on:
The current state of mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand workplaces – prevalence, impact and presentation
The role of the workplace in fostering a mentally-healthy environment
Where to start – and what workplaces can do as initiatives, practical tools, strategies and support for staff
Date: Monday 31 July
Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street
Member’s Cost: $20 koha (donation) to the Mental Health Foundation
If a student comes to you for help: – one of the best things you can do is to simply be there and listen. If you do provide referral details to a student, follow-up to see if they sought help.
The UC Health Centre has a doctor and/or counsellor on duty at all times and can provide medical treatment and undertake emergency referrals.
Contact details – Off campus: +64 3 364 2402.
On campus extension: 6402
Men, we are as prone to emotions as anyone else. They drive our behaviour for better or worse even when we aren’t aware of them. Learning to skilfully cope with feelings can improve our quality of life now and our chances of reaching our goals for the future.
Here is one strategy that can help. When you are feeling something isn’t right, take a moment to notice the sensations you’re feeling in your body – Where are they? What do they look like? See if you can name the feeling – sadness, anxiety, embarrassment, envy, etc. Say to yourself, “this is a moment of anxiety (or other feeling)”. Notice any thoughts are going through your mind. Say to yourself, “I am having the thought that I am useless (or equivalent)”. See if you can make room for these experiences and allow them to come and go naturally.
Rather than reacting automatically, by denying the feelings, lashing out, getting drunk, self-harming, procrastinating, withdrawing from other people, exercising to exhaustion, etc., take a moment, then decide on an action that will address the cause of the stress or that will enhance your life in some other way (e.g., getting started on a project, talking to someone, taking a break, doing something healthy). Thoughts and feelings cannot harm us, and with time, they will pass if we let them.
Check out these Good Fellas videos- some famous, some not-so-famous, talking about their health, and about what “being a man” means to them. #MenStartTalking
As part of Men’s Health Month, UC Sport manager Grant Robertson shares his thoughts on depression and exercise. #MenStartTalking
There are times in everyone’s life when we feel down or like we just can’t cope. Feeling depressed, sad or anxious can be a normal reaction to loss, stress, worry, or periods of low self-esteem. Especially when one of our great New Zealand sports teams lose! But when these feelings last for more than a few days or weeks, and stop us from living life as usual, it can be a sign that something is wrong.