Allowing yourself to acknowledge how you feel, think, and behave while you are on your journey of life will help you stay mentally and emotionally well while learning at AUT.
These are five basic actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience, and boost your wellbeing.
Giving time and space to both strengthen and broaden social networks is important for wellbeing. Across all ages, relationships and participation in a social life are critical for mental wellbeing.
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Research shows a strong correlation between physical activity and increased wellbeing, as well as lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Physical activity doesn’t need to be particularly energetic to be beneficial. Moderate exertion three to five times a week can significantly reduce symptoms of depression, but improvements can also be seen from single bouts of exercise of less than 10 minutes.
Do something for someone – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, like volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Try something new or pick up an old interest again. Learning, remaining curious and setting goals is important for all ages.
Appreciate the little things and savour the moment. Developing skills that increase awareness of what is immediately happening – both physically and mentally, within and around us – can improve wellbeing.
Mental health support is not just face to face sessions with a counsellor – check out the different types of free support available to find one that suits you.
You don’t need to be in crisis or have a mental health diagnosis to access services.
Free text or call 1737 anytime, 24 hours a day. You can talk or text with a trained counsellor.
Call Puāwaitanga on 0800 782 999 for a free counselling session over the phone or online.
Do you want support digitally and anonymously? Clearhead can do a quick 5-minute mental health check-up with you. Available in English and te reo Māori
Call OUTline on 0800 688 5463 any evening, 6pm-9pm. Free, anonymous, LGBTIQ+ affirming support line.
If you're concerned about the mental wellbeing of a friend or family member, here are some ways you can help them.
It can be difficult to know what to say when you know a friend is having a tough time. Check out these resources for advice about how to talk about things.
One conversation can be extremely powerful. For many people, feeling supported is just what they need. It can be a challenge to know exactly what to say when someone tells you they are stressed, having a difficult day or have a mental health need.
V-A-R is a guide to having a conversation in a way that lets the person know they’re being heard and they’re not alone, by using the elements Validate, Appreciate, Refer.
It's for non-crisis situations. If someone mentions suicide or is considering hurting themselves it’s critical to help them seek professional help.
In emergencies, contact the emergency services: dial 111 immediately.
In non-emergencies, you can use the services below:
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