The Wait is Over
The Wait is Over is a mental health campaign for young people, by young people. In our community, we have all heard of the experiences of our friends and whānau who have struggled with their mental health - including ourselves. On the other hand, we have also heard stories of those who didn’t want to talk about what they were going through. All in all, it’s an issue that we continue to talk about in private but it’s time that our voices are heard in the national conversation about mental health.
Check out He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, released 5 December, 2018.
VUWSA is backing the recommendations made in the report and are keen to see students as part of the conversation about the way forward. Read our media release here.
How did The Wait is Over begin?
The Wait is Over is the result of thousands of conversations between young people about mental health. It is the result of the collective hope of students who wish to see a world in which mental health services are accessible, and in which we all feel comfortable in talking to one another and supporting each other. It is a result of the courage of those who chose to share their stories. It is a testament to those that we have lost. We hear you, we support you, we are doing this for you.
What do we want?
At this point in the campaign we have two main outcomes we are striving for:
Public funding allocation to tertiary mental health providers. Currently, student counselling is funded by the Student Services Levy (SSL) which is a fee paid by students every year. At the moment, the current allocation of SSL money is absolutely stretched. We need public funding as it is not an option to put more money from the SSL onto counselling services as that will only take from other student welfare initiatives.
A local social outcome of reclaiming our own mental health and wellbeing. We want to publicly knowledge that this is an issue for students. We want to foster a culture within our community that is conducive to talking and uplifting one another.
How can you help?
Join our The Wait is Over Facebook group to stay up to date on the campaign: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2240014619561890/
If you would like to help out with the ongoing campaign please contact Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org