Mental Health & Wellbeing
The mental health & wellbeing team provides free short-term mental health and counselling support to University of Waikato students.
Our team is made up of mental health nurses, counsellors, and a social worker who are able to provide support to awhi you in achieving your health, wellbeing, academic and personal goals.
All services are available FREE to students currently living in New Zealand. We are unable to provide support to students who are based overseas.
Registered Nurses, Mental Health & Wellbeing
Provide support to students who are experiencing a new mental health concern or have a diagnosed mental health condition.
Provide support to students who are experiencing a new mental health concern or have a diagnosed mental health challenge.
This might include anxiety, depression, ADHD, changes in mood and thoughts, eating challenges, alcohol or other drugs, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
We have appointments available that you can book at a time that suits you OR If it is more urgent mental health need or cannot wait, please let our front desk staff know as we are able to provide same-day support for mental health challenges
Counsellors can help with a range of problems by helping you find solutions that suit you.
Counsellors can help with a range of problems by helping you find solutions that suit you. This might include not coping with study and work load, injuries or illness, financial pressures, identity, drug & alcohol challenges, break down in relationships and loss or changes with friends and whānau.
Routine appointments are available so you can book a time that suits you.
We have appointments available that you can book at a time that suits you OR we have 30-minute same day appointments that are available on a first in first served basis- these are suitable for academic letters, special consideration, brief support and other same-day concerns.
Provide social work lens to the Mental health & violence based presentations.
Provide social work lens to the Mental health & violence based challenges. Will work with students strengths, needs and support networks to support in prioritising goals that will enhance social connectedness, and assist in addressing life challenges and major events.
This includes ensuring students have access to resources required to support recovery, resilience and wellbeing. This may include mobilizing supports, finances, food, navigating to other internal/external services - please speak to your clinician for referral
Staff Supporting Students
Resources to assist staff in supporting students.
If you are a staff member supporting a student of concerns, and require support and advice- please call us and ask to speak with a mental health nurse. We will then return your call.
What can I expect from this service?
Find out more about what you can expect from this service.
Your initial appointment will be about connecting with the service and a conversation about you and what has brought you in. The nurse, counsellor or social worker will work with you to develop a plan, which will include possible support options. This may include education, resources, online tools, practical advice, strategies and referral to on and off-campus services as needed.
To book an appointment or for more information please contact (07) 838 4037 or come in to speak to our front desk.
To book an appointment please contact (07) 838 4037. You are welcome to bring a support person to any appointment.
You will be required to complete a ‘mental health & wellbeing service agreement’ form at your first appointment alongside either a casual, international, or domestic enrolment form. You can find these forms either online or come into Student Health Reception. For more information please speak to reception.
If you have an urgent mental health concern please let our front desk team know when you call.
Cancellations and rescheduling
If you are unable to attend a session, please give at least 24 hours notice where possible. If you do not show up for your appointment, you may incur a charge of $10.
Students based at Tauranga campus are still able to access this service.
Students based at Tauranga campus are still able to access this service. If you are unable to do a face to face appointment we also offer telephone or video appointments as well.
Alternatively, there is a student health nurse based in Tauranga, who can support with mental health and stress management skills. The student health nurse can also refer students to free counselling services based in Bay of Plenty or other relevant services within the Bay of Plenty.
The student health nurse is based on Level 1, room 1.28, behind The Hub.
Phone - 022 013 9003
Email - [email protected]
Applying for special consideration
Students who have missed exams due to unforeseen circumstances may apply for Special Consideration.
In an emergency or if there is immediate risk call 111
An urgent situation/crisis includes:
- Students that pose a risk of harm to self and/or others
- Students that pose risk to others due to mental health concerns
- If deterioration of pre-existing mental health condition occurs