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This post by Rose Edgar, Advisor, Disability Services
With the recent death of news presenter Greg Boyed, it again highlights the need for mental illness to be out in the open. We have come a long way from years gone by, but it is still something that needs to be on our radar.
In 2017, the New Zealand Health Survey found that 1 in 6 adults will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness in their lifetime. However, we are still hesitant to talk to our friends about it.
Coming out of winter, we have seen a lot of colds and flu going around. We feel compassion for those who are sick. We reeadily empathise with someone who has a cold and don’t question why they might stay at home to recover. Winter is also the time where mental illness is at its highest. Are we checking up on our friends who seem to be missing class, stopped hanging as much, are more distant?
You might think that someone is just stressed with course work or their job, but it might be something else. Start up a conversation, let them know you are there to listen. Even just knowing that you care can make a huge difference to someone. Have a read of these 15 things you should never say to someone with depression and what to say instead.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, please reach out. At Ara, you can talk to any one of the staff who will point you in the right direction. Disability Services can help if you need to chat or need someone to advocate on your behalf. The Health Centre has nurses available and can refer you for free counselling. Student Central has advisors who can support you and help with your needs. Duncan Dunbar, the Student advocate is a registered counsellor and is happy to support in a range of situations from everyday life problems through to addiction and legal matters.
free phone/text to connect with mental health professionals
298 Youth Health
03 943 9298/ 021 081 2991
0800 111 757 – 24 hour helpline
0800 543 354
Mental Health Foundation