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Breathing Space

September 17, 2016

A recent survey from the Ministry of Health suggests that 45 per cent of New Zealanders have experienced some form of mental illness. That’s 20 per cent of us at any one point in time. The most common forms of mental illness are depression and anxiety, with others including schizophrenia, bipolar, and eating disorders. These […]

September 4, 2016

If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide. Sounds simple right? I haven’t done anything wrong (well, maybe some things, but nothing serious), so I shouldn’t have anything to hide. Well I do. I have plenty to hide. I wear clothes, not just because it’s cold but for other reasons as well. […]

August 7, 2016

At the beginning of last July, I went back to Auckland for a week to celebrate spending two years in NZ with my previous host family and friends from high school. My ex-landlady Tracey gave me a ride home and asked me, “do you feel Auckland is more like a home to you? Because you […]

May 29, 2016

In previous articles we have discussed ways to improve our own well-being, in this article I want to do something slightly different. I am going to talk about the effect that our opinions can have on other people’s well-being. This morning before leaving for university I heard a sound coming from the street below my […]

May 15, 2016

The money struggle at university is real. It’s hard enough being under-slept and over-worked, let alone wondering if you’ll have to have ice cubes for dinner until you get your next StudyLink fix! Breathing Space is here to help, with a few tips on how to make simple changes that can help you save a […]

May 1, 2016

Victoria University’s motto is know your mind. We are studying at a world-class institution with vast collective academic intelligence, one well decorated with degrees. But, what does know your mind really mean when we reflect on our self as a whole person? What’s it feel like to be you today? Are you cheerful, calm and […]

April 10, 2016

Before I came to Victoria I never thought much about my environment. I suppose it’s because over my life my environment had had few changes; same friends, same family, and two very small schools. However when I started at Victoria I was suddenly at a massive university with different friends and no family support. I […]

March 20, 2016

We were locked and loaded, and our van was bursting with anticipation for the long-awaited summer road-trip. One quick top-up for the tank and we would be on our way. We had places to go, and people to see. But our van would not go. It choked and spluttered and would not move an inch. […]

March 6, 2016

Spending time in a large place like Vic, it’s important to recognise the impact that different spaces have on your wellbeing. Feeling comfortable in your space allows you to flourish academically and personally. It’s also worth acknowledging that we are very social creatures and need human interaction to maintain our wellbeing. This is why it’s […]