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What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is an umbrella term for several mental illnesses. They are attributed to feelings of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. These are conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders

Each condition is treated differently and impacts the individual differently. Like many other conditions, Mental Health challenges impact individuals differently, and no treatment or support method is the same as another. 


How can I support learners with Mental Health challenges?

Learners with Mental Health conditions will require different support methods during their studies. The first thing you can do is speak with the individual and try to understand what negatively affects them and how you can avoid this. Be open and try not to be distracted when speaking with the learner, and encourage positive wellbeing and de-stressing. Most importantly, LISTEN to the individual.

If there is a crisis, and you do not feel comfortable addressing this, you need to identify who you can speak to in this instance. If it is life-threatening, call 111 and follow their directions. You can always speak with the Unitec Mental Health team for further guidance. 

Great courses and training opportunities are available to build your confidence in dealing with a crisis situation. 

I have further questions...

Please get in touch with our Access4Success team. We would be happy to support you. You can find our details on the Contact Us page of this guide. Alternatively, you can contact the Unitec Mental Health team or Unitec Mental Health Coordination Team at 0800 10 85 10 or