My mind - mental and emotional wellbeing

Taha hinengaro is your mental and emotional wellbeing. Mental health isn’t just the absence of mental illness, it is the ability to feel, think and act in a way that makes life good.

Having a positive mindset

No one is happy all the time. It is normal to have good and bad days, to feel upset or angry. Being mentally well is the ability to feel good most of the time, to be connected, supported, engaged in meaningful goals, while being free of physical pain and mental abuse.

Having a positive mindset means having the ability to see the good side of things but also the strength to push past challenges or bounce back from setbacks.

There is no single recipe for happiness but it always includes elements of physical, spiritual and social wellbeing. Physical activity or laughing for example will trigger the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Caring for each of the four cornerstones of your wellbeing is how you find your happy place.

Drugs and alcohol, poor diet or lack of sleep affect your brain in ways that are detrimental to your mental health.

Learn more about taha tinana - physical wellbeing

Mental health awareness

Mental health illnesses are acute disorders that impact our ability to function effectively. They are treatable medical conditions that can affect anyone.

Find out more

Managing stress while studying

Stress is your body’s natural reaction to pressure or threat. Some stress can be good and help motivate you to achieve a goal. But when you are under too much stress for too long, it affects your mental wellbeing and makes you vulnerable. Stress can also make you physically unwell by weakening your immune system.

Don’t wait until it gets too much. Joining a study group, talking to a counsellor or getting the right assistance may be all you need to get past a difficult time.

Get in touch with the Student Hub to find out about AUT’s student services

Bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment are unwanted behaviours that make it difficult to study, work or live peacefully and safely. AUT is committed to addressing any unwanted behaviour on campus but also supporting students feeling threatened at home or anywhere outside of campus.

Report an incident or get support

Helping others

People rarely get better when left alone. Helping someone else means noticing that something is off and deciding to take action. It doesn’t mean that you need to have a solution. Listening is taking action.

When helping someone, take care to understand the full picture. Their past experiences, culture, upbringing, family situations may be very different from your own circumstances. Ask open questions and keep your body language neutral to show that you care.

Counselling and mental health support

Counselling and mental health support

Free professional service for students based in New Zealand
The Low Down

The Low Down

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Small steps

Small steps

Interactive tools to help with feelings of anxiety, stress or low mood

Student Hub
Hauora/wellbeing support

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Make a booking with a qualified student advisor to discuss your wellbeing. They will help you assess your needs and direct you to other campus services if required.


Bright Side
Beat Stress and self-doubt programme

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Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, disconnected, and dissatisfied does not have to be our new normal. Learn practical tools to feel well, reduce stress and gain confidence in who you are and your ability to achieve the things that matter to you.

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