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Stress in the city
campus life stress, young people spending less time with friends and more time on social media, and more students seeking support for identity issues.
The University of Waikato said the increase in student body diversity including international students far from support networks contributed to student stress.
change of enviroment
lack of social interaction
uncertainty of the job market
changes to parenting practices
decrease in mental health resources
students seeking help from education
More than half a million people had been diagnosed with depression at some time in their lives
What are Universities doing?
Universities upgrade student mental health services, report increasing demand
At least 11 university students have died by suspected suicide in New Zealand since 2015
University of Otago had the highest number of suspected suicides by students, with four last year, and one each in 2015 and 2016.
Only one was a first year student; the rest were spread over second, third, fourth and postgraduate study.
That included recruiting more mental health nurses, social workers, counsellors, occupational therapists and psychologists.
57 per cent increase in direct contact with students compared to last year.
55 per cent increase in counselling and mental health appointments in the semester one pre-exam period of May 2018 compared to the same period last year.
The seven universities reported comprehensive health services, some of which had been upgraded to cater for the increasing mental health demand.
Universities have limited resources for dealing with anxiety and depression, (generally students are only entitled to four couselling sessions at Victoria University)
free resilience app available to all students
Lincoln University said it had established a new wellbeing co-ordinator role and was working with Universities New Zealand which was undertaking a nationwide project focusing on mental health.
Staff put the increase down to higher levels of distress following the Canterbury earthquakes, feeling lonely, disconnected or experiencing bullying, issues with housing and poverty, stress, and overuse of electronic devices.
student qualified for publicly funded counselling they were only entitled to six sessions, which wasn't enough.
Public awareness campaigns working to de-stigmatise mental health were also credited with more students accessing services.
Nature helps to foster connections between other humans, i.e. collective gardening, spending time in parks etc
Nature can improve the quality of life for older adults
Studies show that humans need a minimum dose of nature in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing
Visiting local parks for 1 1/2 hrs a week = 7% fewer cases of depression
Exposure to nature helps increase brain performance and creativity
Exposure to nature can also lower ones blood pressure , increase attentiveness and raise wellbeing
Full contact with nature has humanising effects
88% of people found gardens beneficial to mental wellbeing
Indoor plants are beneficial to breathing and can reduce VOCS (cancer causing chemicals) by 80%
Green is linked to safety.
Plants in the classroom increase attendance
Chris Whelan said a university was the size of a small town and had all the same kinds of issues, including those of mental distress.
When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level.
Green is linked to balance.
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
Massey School of Design
range of discipline, each discipline has a different environment depending on the needs of the subject
darkroom, blacked out
Wide open studio
window, showing surrounding environment
white table, red, black, white chairs
Laptops, mac books