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.
We’re going around the university with our ‘The Wait is Over’ banner receiving written messages of hope from our student community. If you can’t make it to a banner signing, then don’t worry! You can send us your messages of hope right 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?
Come join our rally on Wednesday 22 August from 12pm at Parliament!
Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/230897181091089/
If you would like to help out in a volunteer capacity on the day, or in the lead up to the day, please contact Tam at email@example.com
If you cannot do either but would still like to make an impact, send us a message of hope in the form below!