Keep well covers sleep, sexual health, nutrition, alcohol and drugs, movement and exercise, and health literacy.
- See our infographic on some of the reasons why you might be sleeping badly.
- Read Te Whatu Ora's recommendations about why good quality sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing.
- Explore contemporary expectations about sleep, the effects of inadequate sleep, and what you can do to optimise sleep.
- Sleep guided meditation using ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) with relaxing sounds of nature.
- Read Health Navigator NZ's tips to help improve your sleep with a ‘sleep tips tracker’ to see which tips work for your sleep.
- Take a quiz and learn how to get better quality sleep from Small Steps.
- Try out the Pzizz app to help with sleep, naps, and focus by tracking your sleep and using music and guided, meditative ‘dreamscapes’ to maximise restful sleep.
- Try listening to Spotify or Youtube playlists of nature (Spotify / Youtube) or white noise (Spotify / Youtube) to help you sleep.
- Watch a video from Villainesse about consent from the REAL Sex Talk series.
- Reaching out for help if you have experienced sexual violence.
- Worried if your body is normal or not? Check out the Labia Library to see how diverse labia look or the Burnett Foundation Aotearoa for diverse penis shapes and sizes.
- Read the Light Project about how porn affects body image and attitudes and beliefs about sex.
- Read about preventing STIs from Just the Facts.
- Read about long-acting reversible contraception for females.
- Learn about different methods of contraception from Family Planning.
- Find out more about rainbow rights, takatāpui, and intersex at Rainbow Youth.
- Read about Safer Sex for Rainbow Youth from Health Navigator as well as accessing PreP from the Burnett Foundation Aotearoa.
- Find a Fruit and Vege Co-op near you in the Wellington region to access fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables for $12 to $15 per week.
- Sign up for the VUWSA Community Pantry for free food parcels.
- How to read food labels when you’re shopping.
- Learn about portion sizes and how to estimate them.
- Read about healthy eating on a budget, including using seasonal veges, portion sizes, use by dates, and alternative sources of protein.
- Read about mindful eating and how to implement it in your life, alongside intuitive eating, to develop a positive relationship with food and eating.
- Watch Disorder from the Outlook for Someday about young New Zealanders who have experienced eating disorders.
- Read about why strict diets aren’t always the answer and why developing a healthy relationship with food is important.
- Explore the ROAR and EDANZ websites for information and interactive features about eating and body concerns.
- The Easy Eat Diary app, recommended by Health Navigator, helps monitor food intake for energy intake and exercise.
Alcohol and other drugs
- Learn about standard alcohol drinks and legal limits.
- Keep track of your drinking with this interactive tool.
- A straight-up guide to safer using from The Level.
- Tripsit Drug Combinations table to avoid mixing drugs and Drug Interaction Checker for prescription medicines.
- Pill Library from Know Your Stuff NZ to identify drugs sold as MDMA that are harmful substances.
- Watch a video to understand when alcohol and drug use become a problem, from Villainesse.
- Online tool from Safer Gambling Aotearoa to find out if your gambling is becoming a problem.
- Complete a drug self-assessment test from Care New Zealand when you’re not sure if you should get help or not.
Movement and exercise
- Check out University Recreation Wellington for fitness classes, gym memberships, personal training, sports, and more.
- Find walking and biking trails in your local area to get active outdoors.
- Check out Nuku Ora for active health and wellness, including home exercise options.
- Read about how regular exercise is good for your body and your mind.
- Learn how to be sunsmart and protect your skin and eyes from the New Zealand sun’s damaging UV rays. Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
- Read about Ask Me 3, three simple questions you can ask to help you understand your consultation with your GP or nurse.
- Read Te Kete Haerenga – Your Journey to Wellbeing Kete an online self-management tool from Health Navigator for long-term conditions.
- Find out about patient rights from the Health and Disability Commissioner.
- Apply for the University’s Student Hardship Fund for medical and dental costs, disability, or temporary illness.
- Accessing after-hours medical help in person.
- Accessing after-hours medical help over the phone at Healthline.
- Read about being smart with your medicine to use it safely.
- How to order a repeat prescription from Mauri Ora before your medication runs out.
All of the content in our online resources aligns with the messages in our weekly wellbeing workshops.
Sometimes, you will need support and guidance from health professionals to help you through tough times. Reach out and seek support when you need to.
There are free health and wellbeing services on campus and outside of the University that provide support and information to students.