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I need help now

So you’re looking for support.

We all need help at times. 

At Lads Without Labels, we provide a safe and supportive space for students to express themselves and seek guidance without the fear of judgment or stereotypes.

We understand that everyone's journey is unique, and we strive to help individuals navigate their emotional well-being with empathy and respect.

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Lads has partnered with Benestar to deliver an additional free counselling option for UC students.

Benestar helps connect people with professional counsellors. Counselling provides a confidential environment where you can openly discuss your concerns, challenges, and aspirations. We believe in empowering individuals to develop healthy coping mechanisms, improve self-awareness, and build resilience. Benestar has counselling clinicians covering over 20 different languages.

Any information you share with Benestar will remain anonymous.

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Benestar provides in-person, telephone, and online counselling sessions that focus on...

  • Support for mental health
  • Strategies to create better work-study-life balance
  • Help with feelings of loneliness or anxiety
  • Guidance on parenting issues
  • Improving relationships 
  • Skills to manage stress
  • Communication problems

Seek personal support with Benestar.

  • Call Benestar at 0800 360 364. A member of Benestar’s team will receive your call.
  • Start by letting them know you are a student at the University of Canterbury and you have been referred by Lads Without Labels.
  • You will be asked a few questions about yourself and what kind of support you need.
  • Benestar will refer you to a counsellor.
  • After you are referred, the cost of your first two counselling sessions will be automatically covered by the Lads Without Labels Counselling Fund.
Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and we are here to support you on your journey to emotional well-being. Take that first step and reach out today. Kia kaha.

Help a friend receive support through Benestar

If somebody you know is struggling, and they’ve given consent for you to share their phone number, you can arrange for Benestar to reach out and offer support to your mate.

  • Call Benestar at 0800 360 364.
  • Start by letting them know you are a seeking to refer a friend who is a student at the University of Canterbury and that you have been referred by Lads Without Labels.
  • Provide your mate’s phone number.
  • The team at Benestar will confirm they’ve received your request, and will try call your mate to arrange further support.
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Lad’s believes community is the first line of support for our well-being, ka pai for supporting your mates.

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More options to seek help

UC Support Options

UC offers counselling and well-being support to students. You can find more details on UC’s web page for Mental Health Support.

Additional support options

In addition to the offering from Lads Without Labels and Benestar, there are several alternative support services available.

  • Gumboot Friday: Offers two free counselling sessions to under 25’s across New Zealand.
  • CALM: An online programme for building mental health resilience.
  • Youthline: Information on a wide range of topics related to well-being for young people.
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