Stay connected

It is easy to get lost in the transition back to university. Staying connected with family and friends can help ease your anxiety and stress.

Quick reads

Read about how to connect with friends, whānau, school, and nature and how connection is critical to your wellbeing.

Help a friend through tough times. Tips and guidance on how to have a conversation, finding support, checking in and words of wisdom and experience.

Check out Whakatau Mai—The Wellbeing Sessions, free, virtual community events that support wellbeing and help you connect with others.


Watch Heidi Grant talk about how to ask for help, understand what you need and how to be good at it.

Listen to Kio Stark talk about why you should talk to strangers to create unexpected connections.


Listen to the Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower podcast from Radio NZ about how much we need to stay connected.

Lysida Denworth talk about why good friendships are crucial to survival.


Try out Aroha, a chatbot that provides tools to manage stress, maintain social connection, and stay active

It's okay if you are not ready to meet up with friends in person yet—there are plenty of ways to stay connected virtually. Check out ideas from Netsafe to stay connected with your friends safely.