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Health and wellbeing
We know that different alert levels can mean many different stressors in life. Massey is here to support you with whatever you need. Below is a range of health and wellbeing resources you can make use of throughout COVID-19.
Massey student health and counselling appointments are available by telephone or video where possible, but will also be available face-to-face (within allowed alert levels) if deemed necessary. We know this service is more important than ever and we encourage you to make use of it. You can make an online appointment.
There is also a free 24/7 counselling service available from the Mental Health Foundation by texting or calling 1737.
Additional information and resources are also available at the following links:
- Mental Health Foundation - COVID-19 help
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Unite against COVID-19 health and wellbeing information
All Massey's student support services are still in operation including Māori student support and chaplaincy services (although not all will be offered face to face). You can find more on the MyHub student site (login) or contact the team at the Massey Contact Centre (Te Paepoto) to be connected to the service you need.
Māori Movement brings together the traditional training of the Māori warriors (both male and female) into a modern interpretation.
Having trouble sleeping?
Massey University's Sleep/Wake Centre has a number of research-based resources to help you if you are having trouble sleeping. There is specific information for children (from toddlers to teenagers), adults and those doing shift work.
Join the Student Volunteer Army
If you are well and want to safely help others during this time, consider joining your local student volunteer army, who are doing things like delivering essential supplies to vulnerable people in the community.
Response to racism
Massey University welcomes all students, staff and visitors regardless of their gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, ethnicity, physical appearance, socioeconomic status, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We firmly reject bullying and harassment in all forms.
As the country has taken action to respond to COVID-19, there has been an increase in the expression of negative attitudes toward some members of our society, particularly those who appear to have a Chinese or other Asian ethnicity. This is not acceptable at Massey University now, or ever. If you have been the victim of verbal, physical or other forms of abuse in any form, you can report this to Campus Security on 0800 627750, or seek support from the Student Care team by emailing email@example.com.
Only by finding out can we take action to support you and others in the Massey community. For more information consider visiting the New Zealand Human Rights: Responding to Racism website.
Hauora (health and wellbeing) during the COVID-19 pandemic - a Māori perspective
Improving Māori health and wellbeing is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of Aotearoa. Philosophies such as Ako, Āta, mātauranga, Kaupapa Māori, tikanga, te reo, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi guide our understanding of hauora. Massey's Te Putahi-a-Toi School of Māori Knowledge provides a Māori perspective on COVID-19 and whanau health.
Tapu and healthful practices
The public health response to COVID-19 has centred on reducing physical contact and hygiene practices to reduce spread of infection. Tapu is another way that we can understand and implement healthful practices.
Maintaining balance in our hauora
The initial public health response to COVID-19 focussing on tinana (physical health) might make us feel temporarily out of balance. Using a Māori model of health and wellbeing, such as Te Whare Tapa Whā, can help us to consider our whole being.
Pūrākau about Tāwhirimātea explains respiratory issues
The COVID-19 illness includes respiratory symptoms. A Māori understanding of our connection to air can be sourced from pūrākau (narratives) about Tāwhirimātea, atua (primal energy source) of hau (wind and weather).
Time for a whānau ora check in?
Whānau have long been recognised as the crucial change agent for positive Māori development and for realising Māori health and well-being. Having an enforced period in our bubble presents an opportunity for us to reflect as a whānau and could be timely to conduct a whānau ora health check.
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Last updated on Tuesday 24 August 2021