Mental Health for staff and students

One in six New Zealand adults will be diagnosed with a common mental disorder during their lifetime, such as depression or anxiety.

Support is available throughout the year for staff and students

Support available for staff

Fear of discrimination and wanting to maintain privacy in the workplace can lead staff members to not disclose mental health issues they may be experiencing.

But disclosure can lead to increased personal support and workplace accommodations. 

  • Resources and information can be found on the Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing page.
  • Access to the Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) An independent, professional and confidential service that is free or staff experiencing personal or work related issues. These can include anxiety, depression, conflict, stress, bereavement and employment issues. Get in touch with them on 0800 327 669 (24/7) or send them an email.
  • Wellbeing workshops and resources are available throughout the year. For more information, check out their website.

If you have any questions about how the University supports mental health for staff, get in touch with Staff Equity Manager, Cathie Walsh.

How staff members can support each other and their students

Supporting your students or colleagues can often be as simple as taking the following steps:

If you recognise that someone's mood has changed, ask them how they are and let them know you are there if they want to talk. 

If the person shares their feelings, worries, or problems with you, respond by being supportive and taking them seriously. Or refer them to people who can help. 

If they don’t want to talk, respect their choice.

For more information, Staff can read more on the Staff Intranet.

Support available for students

University can be a very exciting time in a person's life, but it's not without its challenges. 

Disclosing mental health issues can be scary, but students can rest assured that everything is completely confidential.

No matter where you are on your mental health journey, there is support available for students across the academic year. 

Mental health advisors - Student Disability Services

They can provide ongoing, longer-term support for students living with a diagnosed mental health condition. Their aim is to support students in their academic studies and mental wellbeing.

They achieve this through working with students to assess their challenges and difficulties and liaise with other University staff and external mental health agencies where appropriate. 

Short-term or urgent counselling support

For students experiencing issues that impact on their studies such as:

  • Life challenges
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Alcohol/drug issues

The University's Health and Counselling can provide short-term counselling support.