Mental Health Support

The mental health service provides free short-term mental health support to University of Waikato students, who are experiencing a new mental health concern or have a diagnosed mental health condition.

During office hours, the mental health nurse is available to provide same day support and advice in urgent situations

What can this service support with?

The mental health nurse can support with the following, but is not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis/Schizophrenia
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Disordered eating
  • Drug and alcohol concerns
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

What can I expect from this service?

This service is provided by Registered Nurses who specialise in mental health. We are based at student health at Waikato campus.

The initial appointment will be a conversation about you and what has brought you in. This will ensure you are connected with the right supports as quickly as possible. The nurse will work with you to develop a plan, which will include possible interventions and supports. This may include education, resources, online tools, practical advice, tools, strategies and referral to on and off-campus services as needed.

How do I make an appointment?

Students can make an appointment either in person at student health reception or by telephone by calling Student Health on (07) 838 4037

There are some 30 minute same-day mental health nurse appointments available. These are available between 1-3pm Monday- Friday and are available on a first in first served basis. Please call (07) 838 4037 to book.

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing information, support and services

The mental health nurses are still available for appointments and drop-in, except ALL appointments are by telehealth (phone or zoom). Please book via student health reception by calling (07) 838 4037.

Information and resources:

- Ministry of Health, Wellbeing at alert level 4

- Mental health foundation, Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

- Mental health foundation, Top tips to get through

- Just A Thought, Supporting your wellbeing during COVID-19 (resources available and online course called 'Staying on Track'- A guide to support your wellbeing during COVID-19 soon to be released)

- Melon Health, Self care and support for NZers during COVID-19