Wellbeing and support

Notre Dame - A community promoting unity

Notre Dame is a Catholic University and in all aspects of our communal life we strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ and his call for us “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 15.12) and “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

Our vision for our community is based on our beliefs:

  • that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God;
  • that we are all children of God and are all wanted and loved by God;
  • that all persons are equal in dignity;
  • that each and every person is unique, with their own gifts, talents and calling in life: none of which affects our fundamental equal dignity;
  • that we are all essentially relational in nature and to grow and flourish as a person, we are called to live our lives in communion and community with others; and
  • that we all have fundamental rights and mutual responsibilities, and both are needed for communities to flourish.

Notre Dame seeks to be a community which promotes and enhances the wellbeing of every individual student and graduate, one in which those in our community are encouraged to recognise and develop their own gifts and talents, one which assists them to achieve wholeness as human persons, one which helps them to realise their interconnectedness with all others and one which helps them to understand how they can best serve society and the world.

In seeking to live up to our calling to be the ideal community, the University seeks to provide a welcoming environment where all are valued and supported as full members of our community. It is fundamental to this that every person shall be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of characteristics such as race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social or economic circumstances, age, or disability.

Our Chaplaincy teams support and assist in honouring significant moments in the lives of individuals or within the community whether they be issues of grief and loss or a breakdown in a significant relationship, or also joyful occasions, such as preparing for marriage, the arrival of a child, graduation and the like. Please reach out to the teams on each Campus if you need advice or support.

Chaplaincy Counselling Service Online Resources and Crisis Information