“I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support

Not long ago, I had a very close friend of mine experience a major loss. Given the circumstances, they seemed to be coping well. They were going to work, keeping up with their social and sporting commitments and had an extraordinarily well-rehearsed speech they would perform when asked how they were doing. A speech that was so reassuring, it managed to fool even me for months, and now I look back on it, probably over a year. Continue reading ““I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support”

It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

His palms are sweaty, eyes weak, books are heavyThere’s coffee on his sweater already, last-minute studyHe’s nervous, but on the surface he (doesn’t) look calm and readyTo ace exams, but he keeps on forgettin’What he wrote down, the writing time has started nowHe opens the paper, but the words won’t come outHe’s chokin’, how, everybody’s jokin’ nowThe clocks run out, times up, over, blaow! At … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

That time I went to counselling: Demystifing Adverse Circumstances

At the end of the second semester of my second year of uni, I was struggling. I had some fairly unpleasant family drama come up in the middle of the semester and, as a result, I was feeling isolated and unmotivated which seriously impacted my work. I had dropped out of one course, had barely managed a credit in two others and was dangerously close … Continue reading That time I went to counselling: Demystifing Adverse Circumstances

How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

It may be tempting to dismiss your hardship as another problem that isn’t important, but it’s vital that you speak up because people can only help you if they actually know what’s going on. Luckily, UON has a bunch of services targeted at helping you overcome your challenges and find success. Speak with a Student Advisor Student Advisors are here to help you get through your … Continue reading How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

How to travel around campus safely after dark

If you don’t have a driver’s license, live far away from campus or just want a cheaper (and cleaner) alternative to driving, public transport is a great service to take advantage of to get you to and from university safely. But late class times mean sometimes you need to catch public transport in the dark. Whilst public transport options generally have safety measures in place, … Continue reading How to travel around campus safely after dark