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What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is an umbrella term for a number of mental illnesses. The 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 methods of support during their studies. The first thing you can do is speak with the individual, and try to understand what negatively effects 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 to address 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. 

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


I have further questions...

Please get in touch with our Access4Success team and we would be happy to support you. You can find our details on the Contact Us page of this LibGuide. Alternatively, you can contact the Unitec Mental Health team and/or Unitec Mental Health Coordination Team at 0800 10 85 10 or counselling@unitec.ac.nz