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.

Damn! Things are pretty hectic at the moment. With the end of the year looming over us, exams and flat hunting season only a moment away, we should take a moment to talk about how we’ll be looking after our hauora or well-being over the next couple of months. We need to take care of ourselves when the going gets tough and it can be tricky when our mates aren’t feeling too flash either.

Kei te pēhea koe? How are you? Sometimes we all need to take a break and ask the simplest of questions - to ourselves and our mates. Our hauora is important and we want to hear your tips on how you cope with stress. Your tips could be really helpful to people looking for new creative coping mechanisms.  

He iti, he pounamu - although you think it’s just a little thing, it can go a long way to helping somebody else so thank you for taking the time to fill out the form below.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 engagement@vuwsa.org.nz