Counselling & Support over the summer

The online counselling services are available until 4pm Friday 18th December. The counselling service in open until 5pm Tuesday 22nd December 2015. Both services will re-open on the 6th January 2016.

During the shutdown period please have a look at the resources available online , previous blogs and reviews or within the community for assistance or in the event of urgency you can contact those listed on the crisis page.

Online counselling Skype Drop-ins will be offered from the 13th January at a reduced capacity Thursday 2:30-3:30pm and again at 8pm and Friday from 10-11am. The Skype drop-in times are expanding during semester 1, 2016 to include additional times during the evenings as well as day times earlier in the week. For more information on what times will be available in semester 1, 2016 you can click here.

Have a safe and happy holiday and relax in preparation for semester 1, 2016.


Holiday time

The end of study for those studying semesters and trimesters is here and its the beginning of the long awaiting summer holidays. For some those holidays are long and glorious – a time to relax, idle the time away. For others they are shorter or maybe they are alone this holiday season or missing someone they love. Or maybe the pressure of Christmas, choosing the right gift for someone or spending time with family who don’t always get along make this time of the year less exciting than all the hype we see at shops, media portrayals or Hollywood depictions.

Regardless of what this time of the year means to you, or what kind of day you are having take some time out for you. Spend a day reading a novel (not those textbooks and journal articles you have been reading all year) or go try something new that you have been thinking about but never had the time to do. Spend some time giving to someone less fortunate than you – this one sounds like its for someone else but the buzz you get from feeling useful and being appreciated will remind you otherwise.

And if these don’t work and you find yourself struggling this Christmas reach out and share the burden with someone. Maybe a friend or a family member might be able to help you? Or contact someone at Lifeline – there are people who are there to help everyday of the year and Christmas is no exception.

I want to take this time to thank all the students and staff at UON who take the time to read this blog. I wish you all well over the holiday break and I look forward to spending 2016 with you all.

Merry Christmas – Kellie

The end of the road

Guest Blogger: Jacqui Sorensen*

In a couple of weeks I will celebrate a milestone which I sometimes doubted I would ever reach…My Graduation! After completing close to 3 years of a four year degree before changing to another 4 year degree (with barely any credit of course!), it has been a long road. Throw in a semester of study at a university in Denmark, travel, getting married and having a beautiful baby – it truly feels like I have been studying forever. Whilst completing my psychology honours thesis this year, I lost count of the amount of times people said to me “you are so close”. I am sure they were channelling helpful and positive vibes but to the ‘close to graduating’ uni student, a couple of months is akin to a lifetime when you have a bazillion words to write and next to no time and motivation to do so!

I am super fortunate to have been working in my chosen industry for a number of years but I know that for many of my peers, graduating can be scary because it means finding a job. Worries about employability and if there is even a job in your chosen career is completely normal and something most graduates experiences at some point. The careers service here at the uni is a great resource for support around work after graduation. You can access this service as an Alumni at any point in your future. The UON is proud to have you as a graduate and they are invested in helping you take the step into paid employment.

Some thoughts or worry about the future and employment is normal. If you find yourself excessively worried or distressed you can seek support here at the university, online or through someone in the community.

A huge congrats to everyone for another semester done with a special congrats going out to those students graduating soon! What an achievement!


*Jacqui is a Student Support Advisor with Student Care and Equity. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and has been offering the day time Skype drop-ins here over the past month.

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