Last week was NZ Mental Health Awareness Week, and to celebrate a variety of events and activities were held on campus including:
- The Wellbeing Expo at Haere-Roa, where we had various entertainment, food, gave away 100 self care-care bags and a chance to enter a prize draw
- Lunchtime seminars on “The Importance of Sleep for Wellbeing”, “Wellbeing – Supporting Your Own and Others” and “Nutrition for Wellbeing; Practical Suggestions for improving mental health under stress”
- A chance to “take a mate for coffee” with a buy 1 get 1 free deal at participating cafes around UC
The Wellbeing Expo was a success with hundreds of staff and students joining in with the entertainment, food and fun. Our Vice Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and a class of kindergarten children came along and all had a go on the trampoline.
The other events also saw a large numbers of attendees – participating cafes of “Take a Mate for Coffee” were run off their feet, and the lunchtime seminars attracted a variety of students and staff who all engaged with the sessions.
Congratulations the winners of the prize draw!!
Massage voucher 1 Stephanie Stuart
Massage voucher 2 Krissy Blom
TEU $100 UBS Voucher Janandi Schnetler
Mt John dinner and tour Penny Earle
DoTerra Oil Kit Glenda Irving
Himalayan Salt Lamp Jeni Clayton-Smith
My Food Bag Voucher Courtney
A shout out to say thanks:
Thank you to the fabulous lunchtime presenters, Professor Neville Blampied, Professor Katharina Naswall and Professor Julia Rucklidge, who kindly donated their time to share their words of wisdom on Wellbeing.
Thank you to all the vendors who attended the Wellbeing expo and to the sponsors who provided prizes for the draw which included; Massage Vouchers for Port Hills Massage Therapy, $100 UBS voucher and mindfulness colouring book donated by the TEU, 2 tickets to Mount John Observatory for a tour and dinner donated by UC Alumni, $172 voucher for 5 days My Food Bag for 4 people, a DoTerra oil kit from Jodie O’Neill and a Himalayan Salt Lamp from Sarah Bendall.
Finally, thank you to the Mental Health Awareness Week Planning Team this week would not have been possible without their dedication and support. The Wellbeing Expo came to fruition as a result of the team being awarded one of the 2020’s UC Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative Awards.
Key reflections from this week
This week has reminded us that mental health isn’t just something for us to pay attention to one week of the year, rather it’s something that should be front of mind every day. At any time our own and others’ mental health can change. For that reason, it’s important that we listen to our feelings and take notice of those around us, and never be afraid to ask for help.
There are loads of great resources available to support our Wellbeing including our very own UC Wellbeing Hub and the staff UC and Me site. Have a read and keep it tucked in your ‘toolbox’, ready to get out when you need it, any time of the year.