Mental health support

Every year one in five adults in New Zealand will experience some form of mental illness. The University has the following support available.

Covid-19: Mental health and wellbeing resources

The stress and uncertainty of Covid-19 lockdowns and remote learning can have impacts on students' mental health. The Ministry of Health has provided a list of resources, including some specifically aimed at young people.

See Covid-19: Mental health and wellbeing resources

Don't forget, you can make an appointment with Student Disability Services and talk to a mental health adviser on the phone or Zoom.

For students with a diagnosed mental health condition

Mental health advisers in Student Disability Services

They can provide ongoing, longer-term support for students living with a diagnosed mental health condition.

Mental health advisers  work with students throughout their studies on a regular or intermittent basis to assess any challenges and difficulties that are affecting their academic progress.

They also liaise with other University staff, as well as external mental health agencies and key workers, to ensure that students are supported in their academic studies and mental health wellbeing.

To find out what to expect from an appointment, meet senior mental health adviser Kim Spain.

If you would like to read more detail, there are three flyers available for download:

Students who need short-term or urgent counselling support

Counsellors and psychologists at University Health and Counselling  

University Health and Counselling can provide short-term counselling support for students, for any issues that are impacting on their studies (e.g., life challenges, relationships, family, sexuality, depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol/drug issues).

Mental health advisers help Yvonne turn a corner

Yvonne Ruan
Yvonne Ruan

The support of mental health advisers made a big difference, says postgraduate student Yvonne Ruan.