Tag Archives: Wellbeing

The Mentemia Wellbeing App is now live

Mentemia is a wellbeing-focused phone app that UC has made available to all staff and students as another way of supporting wellbeing, nurturing staff and helping students to thrive.

Mentemia can help you figure out the simple things you can do on a daily basis to feel happier and less stressed, plus build resilience and cope better with life’s stressors. All of the tools and resources have been developed with a team of psychologists and experts, and are backed by evidence and scientific research.

Watch this short introductory video with Mentemia co-founder John Kirwan: Support For Your Mental Wellbeing (vimeo.com)

Free Webinar to Launch Mentemia – 26 May

To introduce Mentemia to staff, UC is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 26 May at 12pm – 12.30pm.

Join Mentemia’s health psychology specialist Dr Fiona Crichton for a live online event to find out more about the 6 Pillars of Mental Wellbeing model and the methodology behind Mentemia. Bring your questions for the live Q&A session following a 20 minute video.

Dr Fiona Crichton is experienced in designing effective programmes to improve health behaviour and wellbeing and has a breadth of knowledge about the factors that influence psychological wellbeing and adaptive behaviour change.

Save the date and look out for the webinar link in the next edition of Tū ki te tahi on 21 May.

Sign up now and start using Mentemia

You can download the app from your phone’s app store. Just search for ‘Mentemia’.

Once you have downloaded the app, create an account using your staff email address. You will be guided to verify your account to get access to the full range of content and features. It’s super easy and only takes a few steps – if you get stuck, you can find out more information on UC’s Wellbeing Hub or the Mentemia Help Centre.

Be assured that your use of the app is confidential and no personal information or data will be shared with the University of Canterbury.

Need to talk to someone about your Mental Health?
Contact EAP for free as a UC staff member. Click here for our UC Guideline and contact information.

New Workshops to support Mental Health

New for 2021 – We are pleased to offer staff access to the Mental Health 101 workshop run by Blueprint for Learning.

MH101® is designed to equip you to recognise, relate and respond to people experiencing distress or those in need of mental health support – both at work and in everyday life. It also provides valuable skills on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

“You don’t tell someone who’s mentally ill or struggling, who’s having a low time in their lives, to harden up, because it doesn’t work,” Sir John Kirwan.

Blueprint for Learning training reflects a philosophy of recovery and empowerment using best practice to help people become full and active members of their communities.

To find out more about dates and times go to the Learning and Development page, or enrol via the Professional Development tile in UCPeople.

Did you know that we regularly run Growing Personal Resilience courses at UC for staff too? Find out more about Growing Personal Resilience course offerings on our Learning and Development page, or register your interest by emailing the Learning and Development team.

Sustainable Living Workshops coming up

Come along and learn a new skill (or dust off an old one), reduce your food’s carbon footprint, and have some wholesome foodie fun in our upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops!

Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) will be the host for three weekly lunch-hour workshops, focused on gaining and learning skills in the art of preserving, brewing and fermenting your own food.

These workshops will be free to attend and will be run by members of the community gardens community in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Space is limited for these workshops, so please email chloe.sutton@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve a spot.

For more details, please see the Facebook events for these workshops below:

Workshop #1: Preserving (organic beetroot chutney)

Workshop #2: Brewing (kombucha and vinegars)

Workshop #3: Fermenting (sauerkraut and kimchi)

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Phone Free Day on Campus – 19 March

Phone Free Day – A day to get more out of life by using your phone smarter.

Research suggests that we can improve everything from sleep, relationships, study and work, to wellbeing and stress levels, by changing how and when we use our phones.

Join us for Phone Free Day – even if you just commit to meeting a friend for lunch and not checking your phone.

More info, or to set up your own challenge, www.phonefreeday.org.

Self-Compassion Course

The Psychology Centre is offering an 8-week group course aimed at teaching skills and providing support to build self-compassion and self-esteem. Research has found that Self-Compassion focused therapy is effective in managing stress and anxiety, as well as regulating moods and improving overall mental well-being.  Self-compassion involves being aware of and bringing kindness to our experiences of pain and suffering. It also means bringing an accepting attitude to difficulties, acknowledging them as hard but normal human experiences.

For further information about the course, or to register, please visit our website here or email The Psychology Centre at psychclinic@canterbury.ac.nz.