Health and wellbeing support for tertiary students
- COVID-19 support to access essential supplies and other financial assistance
- Additional $1,000 available in course-related costs
- Ministry of Health: mental health services and support
- Clearhead: Your guide to mental wellbeing
- Campaigns and programmes
- Further mental health and wellbeing resource
- NZQA guidance on domestic and international Codes
The Unite Against COVID-19 website outlines a range of financial support for individuals and whānau(external link) including income relief payment and support for people who need help getting groceries and other essential supplies(external link) (including links to food banks across Auckland and wider New Zealand).
Further information can be found at Work and Income
Students can borrow up to $2,000 in course-related costs as part of their student loan. This is temporarily increased by $1,000 in response to COVID-19.
Transcript: Tertiary students – How to apply for the additional $1000 in course related costs.
Are you studying and finding it a little hard to keep on top of things?
Well, if you need help, you could borrow the COVID-19 offer of an extra $1,000 through Studylink.
Just a couple of things, are you studying full-time or approved limited full-time?
And under the age of 55?
Hmm … What?!
Alright sweet. This one’s for you!
And don’t worry, if you’ve already claimed your course-related costs in 2020, you can still apply for the extra $1,000.
Here are a few examples of the costs you can claim:
Stationery and text books.
Computer equipment, a computer desk or chair, or an internet connection.
Specialty equipment or clothing, e.g. safety clothing, massage table or hairdressing scissors.
Cost of childcare or perhaps travel, like for petrol or a bus pass.
Accommodation costs while away from home on placement or attending a block course.
While you don’t have to provide a quote up front, you may be asked for proof in the future so keep those receipts.
If you have other urgent costs not directly linked to your studies like food or accommodation needs, you can still apply for some support, just give them a call to find out.
To make a claim online, go to studylink.govt.nz and log in to ‘MyStudyLink’.
Select ‘Apply Course Related Costs’ from the menu.
And click the ‘Apply for Course Related Costs’ button.
Enter the amount you’re requesting in each relevant category.
Then press ‘Next’ (or ‘Done’ if you’re using MyStudyLink mobile).
If you’re using mobile, you’ll need to tick the ‘I have read and agree to my declaration’ tick box.
You’ll be shown a summary of your claim. When you are ready, click ‘Accept’ (or ‘Ok’ if you’re using mobile).
Before you log out, check your details have been updated and your bank account is correct.
If your study has already started, you’ll receive your payment within two business days.
The earliest Studylink can pay you is 14 days before your study starts.
Don’t be whakama, apply now.
Clearhead is an online, one-stop-shop platform, designed by New Zealand doctors, that empowers New Zealanders to find the help they need. This free service helps people to understand their symptoms and provides personalised recommendations through our artificial intelligence chatbot. It’s available free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People can use it to receive regular support and advice from their mobile phone or computer wherever they are, whenever they need it.
Clearhead also provides a range of free mental health resources, helps people to find and book therapy and counselling services, and supports them to make a personalised wellbeing plan.
- Like Minds, Like Mine(external link) is a national anti-stigma campaign. The aim of this programme is to increase social inclusion and to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness.
- Waka Hourua(external link) Waka Hourua is the Māori and Pasifika National Suicide Prevention Programme. The goal of Waka Hourua is to build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide.
- Kia Piki te Ora(external link). – there is a range of services, initiatives and organisations contributing to preventing suicide, including Māori and Pacific community suicide prevention programmes including
- Mental health crisis services(external link) can be accessed by calling the phone number relevant to where you live.
- If someone needs urgent help(external link), do not hesitate to call the crisis service, or in a life-threatening situation, call 111 immediately.
- To get 24/7 help from a registered nurse call Healthline – 0800 611 116.
For counselling and support:
- Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time
- Lifeline(external link) – 0800 543 354
- Tautoko Suicide Helpline (0508 Tautoko)
- Samaritans(external link) – 0800 726 666
- Chinese Lifeline – 0800 888 880 (for people who speak Mandarin or Cantonese)
For children and young people
- Youthline(external link) – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (for young people, and their parents, whānau and friends)
- What's Up(external link) – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds, 1 pm–11 pm)
- The Lowdown(external link) – visit the website, email email@example.com or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight)
- SPARX(external link) – an online self-help tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety
For help with specific issues
- Depression.org.nz(external link) – includes The Journal free online self-help tool and helpline (0800 111 757)
- OUTLine NZ(external link) – 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE) (for sexuality or gender identity issues; 9 am–9 pm weekdays, and 6 pm–8 pm weekends).
- Alcohol Drug Helpline(external link) – 0800 787 797 (for people dealing with an alcohol or other drug problem; 10 am to 10 pm)
- Women's Refuge Crisisline(external link) – 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE) (for women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family)
- Shakti Crisis Line(external link) – 0800 742 584 (for migrant or refugee women living with family violence)
- Rape Crisis(external link) – 0800 883 300 (for support after rape or sexual assault)
- PlunketLine(external link) – 0800 933 922 (support for new parents, including mothers experiencing postnatal depression)
For families, whānau, friends and supporters
- Skylight(external link) – 0800 299 100 (for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9 am–5 pm weekdays)
- Common Ground(external link) – a central hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who’s struggling
- Mental Health Foundation(external link) – for more information about supporting someone in distress, looking after your mental health and working towards recovery
NZQA’s website includes guidance to assist providers to achieve the outcomes of each Code, and to act as a prompt for their thinking and planning.
- Outcome 1: A safe and supportive learning environment(external link)
- Outcome 2: Assistance for students to meet their basic needs(external link)
- Outcome 3: Physical and mental health of students(external link)
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