Otago Polytechnic

On 10 October, Otago Polytechnic held a ''lock out'', encouraging people to spend time outside playing games, eating fruit and listening to music.

The event was part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The Mental Health Foundation has encouraged workplaces to take part in these lock out events during the week.

On campus, staff and students could talk to members of the Mental Health and Wellbeing @OP Group to find out more about available OP support services, write an inspiring, supportive message on the BBQ tables, and enjoy some free fruit!

There were outdoor activities and music from Jane Venis, and Studio 56 was open as a chill out space for staff and students.

As part of a student project, Nursing student, Chelsea Manning prepared a video documenting the personal mental health journey of four individuals. The video played on loop in The Hub during the event.

A response of more than 40,000 signatures to a petition calling for a mental health inquiry has overwhelmed its Dunedin organiser. Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust chairwoman Corinda Taylor set up the petition last week before Mental Health Awareness Week this week.

She hoped the response would prompt the health select committee to follow up the trust's push for a mental health inquiry.

A petition organised ahead of the trust's May health select committee appearance garnered just 1740 signatures, Mrs Taylor said.

''We hope that this online petition, once we have even more ... signatures, can be tabled with our original petition once the new government is formed."

Read the full ODT article.


Published on 11 October 2017

Orderdate: 11 Oct 2017
Expiry: 27 Oct 2017