Do you have a Careerforce learner who is going through a tough time and may need support?
Are you a Careerforce enrolled learner wanting support?

We’d like to help!  Complete form to access mental health support


We’re committed to promoting a healthy learning environment where Careerforce enrolled learners can talk to someone confidentially about their mental health when they need to.

Recent research conducted within Te Pūkenga’s work-based learning division revealed that 30% of participants reported dealing with mental health issues (S. Bartlett, 2023).

Careerforce is extending support to those enrolled in a Careerforce programme* through a short-term pilot programme. Our Mental Health Training Advisor, Cindy Mullens, is available to provide assistance to individuals on their learning journey.

Our objective is to foster a positive and supportive learning environment where all Careerforce programme participants feel comfortable seeking confidential support for their mental health and well-being. Please note that this initiative does not cover Gateway learners.

Those who meet the criteria can now access additional support through this pilot programme. Cindy offers mental health assistance via phone, text, email, Microsoft Teams, or in-person within Dunedin City Boundary. Her availability is from Mondays to Wednesdays.

*This pilot excludes Gateway learners

Introducing Cindy Mullens

As a registered nurse, beginning my career in Mental Health and Addictions shaped my professional path, teaching me the importance of authenticity and understanding life’s challenges. I firmly believe there is no health without mental health. I’m dedicated to helping others maintain their integrity while pursuing their academic goals. With a genuine approach, I prioritize building connections and resilience. If you require assistance or wish to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

Take the first step. To get in touch with Cindy, simply complete the quick form below.

Remember learners can also access a free counselling service from professional employee assistance provider Vitae The Vitae confidential counselling service is available 24/7.

This pilot is generously funded by Te Whatu Ora until 22 May 2024

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If you are completing this form on behalf of a learner, please ensure that you have their consent.