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High demand for mental health support

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 2:37pm

High demand for mental health support

This autumn has seen unparalleled demand from students for mental health support from our team of health professionals.
Despite our best efforts, the demand for support from students has outstripped our current available resources.

If you are attempting to obtain a counselling appointment, please be aware that we may not be able to immediately address your concerns and there will likely be delays in seeing a health professional, either for an initial appointment or for ongoing counselling. These delays do not mean we are not interested and we encourage you to keep in touch with us, especially in the event that your situation is becoming worse.

We do apologise for these delays and are actively working to improve this situation.

Our website contains some useful resources which may assist students who are struggling with mental health symptoms or illness.
http://www.otago.ac.nz/studenthealth/healthtips/otago020549.html.

If thoughts of self-harm or suicide are part of the problem, please contact the Emergency Psychiatry Service (EPS) 0800 467 846.

If you have concerns about any aspect of our mental health/counselling service, please contact operations manager Margaret Perley margaret.perley@otago.ac.nz.

We welcome your feedback and will keep you informed of any service changes as they occur.

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Free Flu Vaccinations

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 2:44pm

Student Health is working with OUSA to provide free flu vaccinations for students.

Clinics will be run until the end of May. Call us to book your appointment 0800 479 821

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Meningitis Vaccination

Thursday, 16 March 2017 9:05am

Meningitis vaccination

The Ministry of Health and Student Health strongly encourage vaccination against meningococcal disease if you live in Residential Colleges .The potential risk relates to density of living conditions in this type of accommodation; this level of density may also apply in some rented accommodation.

No vaccine is ever 100% guaranteed to protect against disease. It is important that people who have symptoms suggestive of meningococcal disease or are seriously ill access medical care as soon as possible. Friends and flatmates should be ready to look after each other and know how to access urgent health care


For costs and vaccine info: http://www.otago.ac.nz/studenthealth/otago631032.pdf

For more info on meningitis: http://www.health.govt.nz/yourhealth-topics/diseases-and-illnesses/meningococcal-disease