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  • 13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why is streaming on Netflix. Here's some information about the series and how to get support if you need it.
    • Tips for supporting viewers 13 Reasons Why is certainly not the only challenging series young people are watching, but it is one of the most talked...
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  • A website for everyone In order to make a difference to our online audiences, we have worked hard to create a new website that makes our conten...
  • About Us The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand's vision is to create an Aotearoa where all people flourish.
  • After a suicide attempt This information is to help you stay safe after a suicide attempt. It will help you find a way forward, to feel better...
  • Book Reviews Our book, DVD, and app reviews highlight what's available to read and learn about mental health and wellbeing. All revie...
  • COVID-19 - Māmā You’re not alone if the COVID-19 situation has you feeling more stressed than normal. Here are tips to help you or a mām...
    • Hapū māmā Taking some time to understand the changes and planning for different possibilities can help you feel more prepared and...
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  • Common Ground Common Ground was a project that aimed to help parents, families, whānau and friends to support young people to manage h...
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  • Finding and maintaining employment One of the biggest challenges for people with mental illness can be finding and keeping a job.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing The Five Ways to Wellbeing, Ētahi ara e rima ki te ngākau ora, help people stay mentally well.
    • Be active, me kori tonu Do what you can – whāia te mea ka taea e koe, enjoy what you do – kia pārekareka tāu i whai ai, move your mood – kia pai...
    • Keep learning, me ako tonu Embrace new experiences – awhitia te wheako hou, see opportunities – kimihia ngā ara hou, surprise yourself – me ohorere...
    • Take notice, me aro tonu Remember the simple things that give you joy – me aro tonu ki ngā mea māmā noa i ngākau harikoa ai koe.
    • Give, tukua Give your time, your words, your presence; tukua te wā ki a koe, ō kupu, ko koe tonu.
    • Connect, me whakawhanaunga Talk and listen – me kōrero, me whakarongo, be there – me whakawātea i a koe, feel connected – me rongo i te whanaungata...
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  • Fundraising heroes Find out from other amazing fundraisers what they did, how they did it, what inspired them, and how they benefitted.
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    • Support for Myself The Mental Health Foundation has a wealth of resources to help provide you with support and education, whatever your sit...
    • Supporting Others When a person needs help they are often unlikely to ask for it. The Mental Health Foundation has a wealth of resources t...
    • Support After a Suicide Any kind of death is difficult, and a death from suicide can be especially hard to cope with. Here is some information a...
    • Accessing Mental Health Services If you need urgent mental health support, call your local mental health crisis team now. If you’re worried about someone...
  • It’s hard to keep my cool with the kids The stress of COVID-19 means lots of time together and lots of conflicting demands on our time is tough. Things will get...
  • Katie Kenny and Laura Walters As Stuff reporters, Katie Kenny and Laura Walters both spend a lot of time covering stories about health, mental health,...
  • Looking after yourself & your family There are many things you can do towards maintaining your own or someone else’s wellbeing.
  • Managing stress What is stress and how can you get on top of it?
  • Me time We all need some me time sometimes. I ētahi wā, ME aro koe ki a koe anō.
    • In lockdown with others If you’re in lockdown with other people – whether it’s kids, whānau or flatties, it might feel hard to get a break from...
    • In lockdown alone We know lots of the messaging for you right now is about connecting with others outside your bubble virtually and rememb...
    • An essential worker Right now, you’re under a lot of pressure, but it’s really essential that you get a break and some me time.
    • What not to do during me time While we say your me time is up to you, we have some guidance on what to avoid.
  • Media Grants Helping to end mental distress discrimination
    • Journalism Fellows Over more than a decade, we've proudly awarded journalists with grants to tell stories that aim to end mental distress p...
    • Creative Fellows Winning projects helping to end mental distress discrimination
    • Rachel Ross 2015 media grant fellow Rachel Ross was 22 when she became aware she was experiencing anxiety and panic disorder, and ha...
    • Rob Mokaraka Rob is an award-winning actor and writer but what he and other people didn’t realise was that he had been living with de...
    • Yvonne O'Hara Yvonne O’Hara was late coming to journalism, but fast catching up. “I had always wanted to be a journalist but only star...
    • Mike Wesley-Smith When Mike Wesley-Smith left his career in law five years ago for a new future in journalism, he wasn’t sure where that r...
    • The RECollective Having the courage to speak out is the way that issues can become resolved.
    • Kaupapa/Themes Select one or more of the themes below to guide your grants project.
    • Tips How to create an outstanding Pūtea Pāpāho/Media Grants application.
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  • Our Campaigns The Mental Health Foundation runs two national campaigns every year: Mental Health Awareness Week and Pink Shirt Day.
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    • Resource & Information Service We provide information for anyone who is going through a difficult time, for people supporting someone they care about,...
    • Policy & advocacy Working to influence public policy to have a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
      • Policy positions View our recent policy statements and submissions to government
    • Grants The Mental Health Foundation enables others to contribute to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders through a range of g...
    • Publications & Research Check out our range of current publications and research. Read them here and in some cases, order free from our webstore...
    • Library Info Hub The Library Info Hub provides Kiwis with access to the latest resources about mental health and wellbeing.
    • Farmstrong Farmstrong helps farmers look after the most important asset on their farms – themselves.
    • Kai Xin Xing Dong Kai Xin Xing Dong is a Like Minds, Like Mine programme to reduce stigma and discrimination for Asian youth with experien...
    • Mindfulness Mindfulness means paying attention to what is presently occurring, with kindness and curiosity.
    • POD POD (Point of Difference) was an incubator programme that supported Kiwi youth to create projects to challenge mental il...
    • Suicide media response service The Mental Health Foundation works with media to report on suicide and related issues safely and responsibly.
    • How to be more mindful Take a breath, take time, take notice. Here are some mindfulness suggestions for home, work, in nature & on social media...
    • Suicide bereavement The Mental Health Foundation provides information and advice to help people support themselves and each other after a su...
    • Suicide prevention We believe all our work toward creating an Aotearoa where everyone enjoys good mental health and wellbeing is ultimately...
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  • Programmes & Projects Find out about the programmes and projects run by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
    • All Right? All Right? gets Cantabrians talking to their friends, family, whānau, neighbours and colleagues
    • Nōku te Ao: Like Minds As part of Nōku te Ao: Like Minds, we work to end mental distress prejudice, discrimination and social exclusion
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  • Stories It sometimes helps to know you aren't the only one going through what you're experiencing. Other people's stories can pr...
    • #RadNotBad Read stories from real New Zealanders who have lived through mental illness and navigated the mental health system.
  • Suicide Loss Any kind of death is difficult, and a death from suicide can be especially hard to cope with. It’s sudden and shocking,...
  • Suicide prevention We develop information resources to support people who are worried about their own suicide risk or the suicide risk of s...
    • Suicide prevention resources Resources to support people who are worried about their own suicide risk or the suicide risk of someone close to them.
    • Suicide statistics What's behind the numbers
    • Connecting Through Kōrero A guide for having safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about suicide with taiohi/young people.
    • Useful resources Additional resources that offer support and guidance to help kōrero/talk with taiohi/young people about suicide.
  • Support to get through COVID-19 Information about wellbeing, parenting during COVID-19, support for workplaces, grief and loss, suicide prevention, what...
  • Support to get through COVID-19 Information about wellbeing, parenting during COVID-19, support for workplaces, grief and loss, suicide prevention, what...
  • Supporting someone after a suicide attempt This information is to help you support someone who has tried to take their own life.
  • Te Whare Tapa Whā A wellbeing model developed by leading Māori health advocate Sir Mason Durie in 1984, describing health and wellbeing as...
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  • Vacancies Most positions are based in our Mt Eden, Auckland office. We value the lived experience of people who experience mental...
  • We're awesome, Auckland Auckland – it’s a hard time, isn’t it? This lockdown has been going on and on, and that hasn’t been easy. Uncertain, cha...
  • Wellbeing Campaigns & Resources There are many ways to get involved with Wellbeing. Here's where to start.
  • What Is Wellbeing Wellbeing means we have the tools, support and environments we need to be who we are and to build and sustain lives wort...
  • Workplace fundraising Get your company or workplace crew involved and fundraise for better wellbeing for everyone in Aotearoa.
  • Workplace stories Here are some inspiring stories about individual’s lived experiences. Here are also some stories of our workplace resour...
  • Workplaces Our Workplace Wellbeing work is to help all employees, managers, and employers flourish in a business or organisation co...
    • Open Minds Open Minds equips managers with the confidence and skills to talk about mental health in the workplace
    • Working Well Guide and Resources Resources to help workplaces prioritise mental health to ensure employees have improved wellbeing, greater morale and hi...
    • Open Minds E-learning Open Minds e-learning helps people managers to support employees experiencing mental distress or illness at work.
    • Culturally responsive workplaces A series of resources providing practical tools to help workplaces become more culturally responsive.
  • Workplaces 2 Our Workplace Wellbeing work is to help all employees, managers, and employers flourish in a business or organisation co...

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  • A day in the life of... the Mental Health Foundation Information Service Ana, Kim and Jono from the MHF Information Service take calls, emails and live chat questions from the public, Monday to...
  • A social media influencer who is not afraid to stand up against bullying Jessie tells how she has overcome verbal and physical bullying, racism, sexual harassment, and online trolling.
  • Adam's project: Out of My Mind In 2018 Stuff journalist Adam Dudding won a Mental Health Media Grant for his seven-part podcast series Out of My Mind.
  • Amy Evans Amy became suicidally depressed as a child after losing family members – this continued until she found the right therap...
  • Amy McAuley A marathon and a skydive to raise money and awareness.
  • Amy Williams Busy mum of three walking 25km a day with her 11-year-old who uses a wheelchair
  • An Abbeyfield way of life Meet "Boomer" friends Don and Tony, who met as Abbeyfield residents four years ago.
  • An Olympic athlete living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Track cyclist Sam Dakin shares his experience as an elite athlete living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Angela Stone Mental illness is very close to Angela Stone’s heart – and it’s the driving force behind her support for the Mental Heal...
  • Areta: Whanau is everything "Care for yourself, care about yourself," is Areta’s advice when asked about successful ageing.
  • Ask a SuperGran It’s Monday morning and the first SuperGrans group of the week in Palmerston North is underway.
  • Azeria DíSouza Twenty-two-year-old Azeria D’Souza has received a national award for her Point of Difference project, a short film.
  • Bex and Craig's project: Aroha's Way Aroha’s Way is a beautifully-illustrated children’s book about how to manage anxiety.
  • Bringing life force indoors Ellen Norman says bringing a kōhatu or stone is bringing life force or energy into a workplace, reminding her of her con...
  • Brodie Kane Fair Go’s Brodie Kane is joining other high profile New Zealanders in Stepping Forward.
  • Bronwyn Gray Needing someone to talk to who understood losing a loved one to suicide, Bronwyn Gray used her local newspaper to start...
  • Bryan: Busier than ever Staying busy is important to retired veterinary surgeon Bryan Moore.
  • Caleb Ihaia Plumbing apprentice Caleb Ihaia has learned the hard way that mental health needs to be talked about.
  • Caleb Ihaia “I didn’t want people to change the way they talked to me.”
  • Candace Enosa Candace Enosa and her two delightful daughters – Regan and Casey – are now world famous in Tokoroa.
  • Catherine Wells Catherine Wells and her husband Matt are happily self-employed, Picton-based, apiarists.
  • Charlie working hard to break down barriers Helping people in New Zealand’s Asian communities who are affected by mental illness is close to Charlie Sheng Tang’s he...
  • Continuing the challenges Wayne Leong knows what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land. But he’s always been up for a challenge.
  • Cori Gonzalez-Macuer Humour and mental illness might seem to have little in common but Cori Gonzalez-Macuer brings them together in Open Mind...
  • Cory Winstanley It's a brave man who parts with his crowning glory, but that’s what Cory Winstanley did to raise money and awareness for...
  • Countryside & community For Amrita, renting a cottage at Riverside has meant being surrounded by the beautiful countryside she’s always loved.
  • Creating a safe space for mental health conversations at Mitre 10 Mitre 10 employs 6,000 people in New Zealand – which means a lot of people and a lot of opportunities. It also means the...
  • Creating a village together Delhi Village is a cluster of houses in various stages of completion set on 12.8ha of former dairy farm.
  • Creating rainbow inclusive schools Pink Shirt Day has a strengthened rainbow focus with school bullying prevention workshops in the lead up to its start.
  • Damian Scarf Damian Scarf’s psychology research has led him to examine the positive side of group behaviour and peer pressure.
  • Danica Jones & Nick Tunnell - Yoga Outdoors In the quiet Sunday morning sun, a yoga class is flourishing in the heart of Auckland City’s Wynyard Quarter, and it’s m...
  • Daniel Goodwin "Labels are used to try and understand things, but we often get them quite wrong."
  • Daniel Mickleson A new Like Minds, Like Mine campaign, Take the Load Off, launched this week.
  • Daniel Sanson treks NZ 100 days on his feet trekking the Te Araroa Trail for mental health.
  • Dave Gunson Capturing the beauty of the natural world has long been a passion for pre-eminent wildlife illustrator Dave Gunson.
  • Debbie Siau Debbie's journey with bipolar disorder took her between three countries, finally to overcome stigma and find a meaningfu...
  • Denny Anker Writing in my diary helped me process the magnitude of the September 2010 quake.
  • Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith Life and work are closely interwoven for Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith.
  • Dr Chris Perkins Psychiatrist , ageing specialist and baby boomer Chris Perkins has her own "ways to wellbeing".
  • Dr Jeff Garon Supporting the community during a pandemic – one Facebook Live at a time
  • Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath puts a Pasifika lens on the important support and care of people who have lost someone to suicid...
  • Dr Judith Davey When it comes to alternatives for housing the baby boomers, there’s no one answer, Judith Davey says.
  • Dr Juliet Batten Dr Juliet Batten, author and psychotherapist, helps us prepare for our later years with these practical tips.
  • Dr Kay Saville-Smith Today's baby boomers have what Dr Kay Saville-Smith calls "the longevity dividend", unlike their great grandparents.
  • Dr Ngaire Kerse Fifty-something Ngaire Kerse can't wait to be old.
  • Early adopters give rave reviews At 62 and 66, partners Helen Cresswell and and Jill Freeman are not your stereotypical retirement village residents.
  • Emma Campbell Working as an ambulance officer during a pandemic
  • Emma Williams If the quote, “It’s out of adversity that the strongest and wisest souls emerge,” is true, then Emma Williams is a stron...
  • Erin Harrington What are the realities of tertiary study? Students and staff at two tertiary institutions share their ideas and experien...
  • Erin Palmer-Wilkins Erin Palmer-Wilkins led a group effort to build a tree to decorate Te Rawhiti Community Mental Health Centre for MHAW.
  • Fighting bullying with aroha MMA fighter Shane Young is supporting Pink Shirt Day to help make Aotearoa a safer, kinder place for Māori and everyone.
  • Finding new ways to say goodbye The day before New Zealand moved into level four, Andy’s father James ‘Jim’ Kirkup died of a lung infection in Sussex. T...
  • Finding wellbeing through Maramataka How Healthy Families Rotorua have been using maramataka as part of their workplace wellbeing initiative
  • Flight Centre captain goes pink for 24 hours At Flight Centre, going all out for Pink Shirt Day is a reflection of staff really believing in the cause.
  • From POD to the steps of Parliament A year after Lucy McSweeney took part in the MHF's social change programme POD, she was taking her petition to Parliamen...
  • Georgina Dean Georgina Dean believes she can change the way cities use public spaces to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Get ready for Pink Shirt Day The Mental Health Foundation is gearing up for a record show of support for New Zealand's Pink Shirt Day 2018.
  • Getting into the MHAW spirit From Kaitaia to Otago, people all over the country are ditching the indoors for fresh air this Mental Health Awareness W...
  • Good life at Kaumatua Village Charlotte and 93-year-old father Herbie, are enjoying life at the Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village in Hamilton.
  • Grace, Karenia, Mackenzie - Lit & Co Being a teenager has never been easy – but a bright group of girls from Rangi Ruru Girls School in Christchurch are maki...
  • Head outside for wellbeing New Zealand Rugby says helping get its staff out of the office and into green spaces is key to keeping it at the top of...
  • Helena Sonar Helena, a peer support worker in Auckland, shares her story of recovery from mental distress, in the hope it will help o...
  • How a busy mum of three finds ‘me time’ during lockdown Romana shares how she finds a moment for herself, while working full-time and taking care of her three young children.
  • Indira's project: Together Alone Indira won a 2017 Mental Health Media Grant and used the funding to develop Together Alone.
  • Isobel Martinez Letters from a 6-year-old keeping people connected through lockdown
  • Jane's story For so many people, COVID-19 restrictions hit right at a crucial time of change in their lives.
  • Jehan's project: The Inside Word The Inside Word is a six-part panel show produced for TVNZ Duke. Jehan Casinader, the show’s host, won a Mental Health M...
  • Jennalea & Rachael Laycock - Run4Mind When sisters Jennalea and Rachael Laycock start running the entire length of New Zealand in September, they’d like hundr...
  • Jennifer Nicholls Education, faith and work enable Jennifer Nicholls to rise above any discrimination surrounding her mental health experi...
  • Jistar Konia Jistar Konia doesn’t know why his younger brother Rowdel Flyger killed himself
  • Joanna Macfarlane Joanna Macfarlane tasked herself with researching the mental health of the biggest demographic group in New Zealand: bab...
  • Joel Arnold - Off with the dreads Dreadlocks chopped to raise $1720 for the Mental Health Foundation.
  • John’s project: Māori and mental health services Journalist John Boynton won a Pūtea Pāpāho/Mental Health Media Grant to write about Māori experiences with the mental he...
  • Jose Watson Jose Watson finds riding her horse and noticing the environment brings her the benefits of mindfulness and fitness.
  • Joy from raising mokopuna Josie might be forgiven for wanting a little time to herself now she’s 67 and have a bit of a rest from full-on parentin...
  • Junior rugby league team gets behind Pink Shirt Day For the Riccarton Junior Knights, Pink Shirt Day is a chance to celebrate and promote the true meaning of team mates.
  • Justine King-Hudson "Ignoring your mental illness won’t fix it."
  • KXXD website helps increase awareness Kai Xin Xing Dong (KXXD) supporter Eva Chen says the programme has helped raise mental health awareness in the Chinese c...
  • Katie Christison Nearly every time Katie Christison has ever felt low, she’s either dyed her hair or got an “out of it” haircut.
  • Katie Kenny and Laura Walters As Stuff reporters, Katie Kenny and Laura Walters both spend a lot of time covering stories about health, mental health,...
  • Kay Mercer and Ruth Arnison Lilliput Libraries founder Ruth Arnison and library guardian Kay Mercer talk about the phenomenal interest in their sch...
  • Kelly Wilson “You just need to keep on their backs.”
  • Kev: Sharing in the joy of the snow As a keen skier for most of his 57 years, Kevin (Kev) Harris uses his expertise in the snow to help others.
  • Kindness inspires student to support peers Timi started a student group – the True Colours Club – after realising some peers weren’t treated with the same respect.
  • Kristine Bartley Kris Bartley tells how coping with a medical diagnosis improved her mental health awareness and sparked her creativity.
  • Lee Griggs The first person to ride the Molesworth Station on a unicycle.
  • Lisa Hall Having experienced bullying at high school through social exclusion, Lisa now makes an extra effort to be welcoming and...
  • Lived experience inspires workplace wellbeing Nick Shewring talks about how the pressures of business affected his mental health and how his company BizDojo has respo...
  • Lockdown life in South Auckland The latest COVID-19 community outbreak and subsequent alert level rise took its toll on all of Aotearoa, but was perhaps...
  • Louis Harrison-Aydon I was in the music department at school, located in the basement of the bus exchange, when the February 2011 quake struc...
  • Louise Clark - The Collective When Louise Clark was diagnosed with postnatal depression in 2009, it was a referral to the maternal mental health unit...
  • Lynn "Red" Paterson As 50-year-old Lynn “Red” Paterson paddles her way around the New Zealand coastline, she will be carrying a 20kg tub of...
  • Lynne Russell For those who have experienced it, the pain of losing a loved one to suicide is indescribable.
  • Lyteah Alexander The breaking point for 20-year-old Lyteah Alexander came five years ago when she was bullied by two boys that she knew.
  • MHAW 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week is here and this year it's set to be bigger and better than ever!
  • Making every day an awesome day Making every day at work an awesome day isn’t just a pipe dream for telecommunications company Chorus – it’s a strategy.
  • Making it work after life's upsets At 72, Susan Fowke is one of the younger residents of Leighton House, a Gisborne rest home
  • Making the most of me time in lockdown Being in lockdown alone has provided Anita with the time to focus on the things she really enjoys.
  • Malcolm: Man on a mission Malcolm’s journey to recovery has included several hospital admissions, but throughout it all he has maintained his fait...
  • Managing grief with an open mind How Open Minds e-learning was used to support a team working in aged care
  • Marama Parore There were moments when Marama Parore was so exhausted she didn’t think she could take another step as she climbed her w...
  • Mark Wilson As a group facilitator who has been personally affected by suicide, Mark Wilson understands grief.
  • Marlon (Marley) Richards Marlon Richards believes his POD project will create a visual presence and showcase that people are much more than just...
  • Martha Kim Martha Kim is addressing the high level of stigma and discrimination associated with mental distress in New Zealand’s Ko...
  • Mary: Mamas know best From small beginnings 20 years ago, the Pacifica Arts Centre has developed into a vibrant, people-centred, arts space.
  • Massey vet students' cheeky calendar A group of Massey University students have devised a cheeky way to raise money – stripping down for a naked calendar.
  • Megan Gamble Losing her husband to suicide and facing accusations from his family afterwards left Megan Gamble grieving, hurt and alo...
  • Michael, Meleofa and Kairangi (Our Work Story) When New Zealand Management Academy students offered to give their time for a two-week telemarketing campaign for Pink S...
  • Mike Heard 24 Hour bungy world record smashed raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.
  • Mike Wesley-Smith Journalist Mike Wesley-Smith used his legal experience to investigate experiences of mental distress in our criminal jus...
  • Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment dons the pink shirt MBIE has made significant changes to its anti-bullying and wellbeing policies since joining the Pink Shirt Day campaign.
  • Natalie Lanfear Mental health advocate Natalie Lanfear is heading overseas to progress the sustainable goal of good health and mental we...
  • Nazarene Garmonsway “I finally realised that I am, and always have been, a winner.”
  • Nikorn Banjerdlert – Running for Indigo For Nikorn Banjerdlert, now on his fifth marathon, running marathons is fast becoming a way of life.
  • Oli’s project: Aotearoa’s mental health facilities Journalist Oli Lewis won a Pūtea Pāpāho/Media Grant to report on the state of mental health units.
  • One for the Blokes When it comes to discussing emotional, mental and social wellbeing, it’s not always easy being male.
  • Own experience fuels passion to help others Gina's diagnosis of bipolar disorder is no longer the sole focus in her life – now her energy is on advocacy and mental...
  • Pacific social housing How a neglected piece of land in South Auckland became New Zealand’s first Pacific social housing village – Matanikolo.
  • Paul Jacobson Paul Jacobson believes our unrealistic expectations can create mentally unhealthy thinking and wrote a poem to demonstra...
  • Perseverance and determination a recipe for wellness Zoe has always struggled to live what she calls “a normal life” as she lives with bipolar.
  • Primary school student gets behind Pink Shirt Day Six-year-old Tegan discovered Pink Shirt Day at Pippins last year and this year she is about to organise an event at her...
  • Professors Christine Stephens and Fiona Alpass (Get Help Story) More housing needed to support good mental health.
  • Rachel Ross Rachel Ross's film 'Have you tried, maybe, not worrying?' is aimed at those who think you can just will anxiety away.
  • Rau Hoskins MArch (Hons) After 60 years of Māori urbanisation Rau says maintaining cultural traditions create a strong sense of wellbeing.
  • Renovating people & houses At 81, Ruth is still handy with a hammer, working four days a week as a builder and renovator.
  • Richard Siegert Mindfulness is both a professional and personal interest for AUT’s professor of psychology and rehabilitation, Richard S...
  • Richard Smith Richard Smith and his colleagues are ditching their desks and heading outside for some fresh air for the MHAW Lockout on...
  • Rick Hanson For the last 42 years, Dr Rick Hanson has been getting to the bottom of human happiness.
  • Riverside feeds the soul If anyone knows about community living it's Colin Cole.
  • Rob Ah Chong Rob is determined to get into the boxing ring to raise money and awareness for mental health despite asthma and a stroke...
  • Rob Mokaraka Actor Rob Mokaraka opens up on how it took a near-catastrophic incident with police to make him realise he had depressio...
  • Rob Nicol Auckland Aces captain Rob Nicol is stoked to be grand prize winner of the Mental Health Awareness Week photography chall...
  • Rob: The company of others As a gay man, Rob has been a long-time volunteer for the OUTLine telephone counselling service & the NZ AIDS Foundation.
  • Sacred land inspires enrichment and happiness Everyone who visits the Pureora Forest Park enjoys the moment and leaves with a sense of enrichment and happiness.
  • Sam O'Sullivan Experience of bullying as a child and work as a clinical psychologist led Sam O'Sullivan to establish Tough Talk for men...
  • Sam's story Sam remembers what it was like to live through another worldwide virus – H1N1, or the Swine flu. He was 13 at the time a...
  • Sarikha Paikea Turning dreams into reality, Sarikha Paikea got out there and helped make wellbeing changes in her community, starting s...
  • Scott Carr - Laser Group Scott Carr, General Manager of Laser Group New Zealand, is incredibly proud of the almost $50,000 raised this year for t...
  • Sean Edwards Victim Support volunteer Sean Edwards provides bereavement support to family members and others who are affected by suic...
  • Serena Baptist For 21-year-old Serena Baptist, discovering a creative outlet to express her experience of depression has been a lifelin...
  • Shaun Robinson “Without my social and economic foundations I’d have been stuffed.”
  • Shutting down discrimination Being an inaugural Like Minds, Like Mine ‘PODder’ is a very exciting opportunity according to Kirsten Wong.
  • Sovereign gets behind MHAW New Zealand life insurer Sovereign got behind Mental Health Awareness Week by organising daily activities to boost wellb...
  • Stephen Anderson While working on a better work-life balance, it was someone else who pointed out to orchardist Stephen Anderson he neede...
  • Sue's story Sue wants to use her experience with depression after moving to New Zealand to help others in the Chinese community.
  • Sunny outlook for older flatters Going flatting in her eighties wasn’t exactly part of Edith's life plan.
  • Suzy dazzles on the dance floor for the MHF Suzy Cato says it was an absolute privilege to have danced for the Mental Health Foundation on TV3’s Dancing With The St...
  • Tending the POD Margaret Lockhart is flat-tack organising workshops and mentors for new PODders, and couldn't be happier.
  • Terry Bluck and Paul Manaena Kiwis Terry Bluck and Paul Manaena can’t wait to jump on their motorbikes and travel across Australia on a charity bike...
  • The Attitude Group Throwing out the rulebook on how to conduct an interview is helping people feel comfortable sharing their personal stori...
  • The Casketeers Compassion for grieving whānau during Covid-19
  • The Dallows: Capturing tales We got to know people who we didn’t really know before. They became not just someone to say ‘hello’ to but real friends.
  • The RECollective Having the courage to speak out is the way that issues can become resolved.
  • The next adventure Having a tranquil place to come home to is important to Northland clinical psychologist Margaretanne Roger.
  • The sandwich generation Jo laughs when she thinks of her earlier fantasies of herself in retirement. The actual picture is rather different.
  • Thomas Momoisea Fletchers line manager Thomas Momoisea is rapt to be part of one the Mental Health Foundation’s worthwhile projects.
  • Thriving, not just surviving The past eight months have been a revelation for Caitlin Smart through the experience of being an advocate for good ment...
  • Tim and Jo Navigating Covid-19 with a long term health condition
  • Toni Huls “Be unapologetic about who you are.”
  • Tony Anderson After years working on the sea and the land, Tony Anderson sees mental distress as a normal life experience.
  • Trade Me to hold biggest ever Pink Shirt Day Trade Me’s iconic mascot Kevin the Kiwi is getting ready to dust off his tailored pink polo in preparation for Pink Shir...
  • Tufuga: A voice for her people Her full name is Tufuga Holatu Lagatule and at 75 she has a lot to be proud of.
  • Tuk Tuk adventure raises more than eyebrows Driving a tuk-tuk 3000km across India isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was an adventure of a lifetime for 3 friends.
  • Undoing a garden together Classroom theory flies out the window when Kirsten helps her 80-year-old father make a major change.
  • Video: Murphy and Susan's project: HERE WE ARE Journalists Murphy and Susan Strongman won a Media Grant to report on trans and non-binary people's experiences with men...
  • Video: Sela's project: A Mother's Cry Journalist Sela Jane Hopgood won a Media Grant to investigate high rates of Pasifika perinatal depression.
  • Video: Tom and Diego's project: Loko Filmmakers Tom Reilly and Diego Opatowski won a Media Grant to create a six-part documentary series on one man's remarka...
  • Virginia Brooks Virginia Brooks’ personal experience of losing family members to suicide has helped her to develop resources for others.
  • Wellbeing is essential Wellbeing at the centre of decision-making a winner at Messenger Services Limited
  • Wendy Coup Farmer Wendy Coup woke up with back spasms, as it turns out, caused by burn out. She talks about her return to wellbeing...
  • West Coast Lockout Home-made cheese scones, waiata and sketching: all features of the Lockout for teams from West Coast Community and Publi...
  • Whatever it takes The four permanent residents of this supported housing complex in Napier never miss an opportunity to celebrate life.
  • William Brooks – Double the benefits Through his training, William discovered what a positive difference exercise makes to his mental health and wellbeing.
  • Would you like skills with that? There aren’t many places where you can learn a new skill and get a free feed at the same time.
  • Yoga with Lululemon At sunrise and with the rain threatening, yogis gathered on Auckland’s Takapuna Beach to mark the start of MHAW.
  • Yvonne McDonald Yvonne McDonald has become a main contact for neighbourhood activities, and proven apt at bringing people together.
  • Yvonne O'Hara Journalist Yvonne O'Hara recalls her shock on first reading rural mental health statistics, and now raises awareness of...

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Mental Health Conditions

  • ADHD in adults What causes ADHD, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have ADHD and treatment options.
  • ADHD in children What causes ADHD, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have ADHD and treatment options.
  • Alcohol What causes alcoholism and alcohol abuse, signs to look for, how to decide if you have a problem and treatment.
  • Anger Anger in children, anger in adolescents, signs to look for, how your doctor can help and treatment.
  • Anorexia nervosa Anorexia: Signs to look for & treatment options
  • Anxiety What causes anxiety, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have GAD and treatment options.
  • Autism spectrum disorders Who gets an autism spectrum disorder, causes, signs to look for, diagnosis and treatment options.
  • Bipolar affective disorder Experiencing bipolar disorder can be a challenge, but it can be managed well with the right mix of strategies.
  • Body dysmorphic disorder What causes BDD, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have BDD and treatment options.
  • Borderline personality disorder Who gets BPD, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have BPD, treatment options and supporting recovery.
  • Bulimia nervosa What causes bulimia, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have an eating disorder and treatment options
  • Depression Depression: Signs to look for & treatment options
  • Depression - Youth Myths about depression, causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if your child has depression and treatment
  • Dissociative identity disorder (DID) Signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have DID, treatment options and supporting a loved one.
  • Eating disorders Causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have an eating disorder and treatment options.
  • Gender dysphoria Causes, diagnosis, transition and treatment options and supporting someone else.
  • Grief and loss Signs to look for, how the doctor can help, treatment options and important strategies to support recovery.
  • Narcissistic personality disorder Causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have narcissism, treatment options and supporting recovery.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder Who gets OCD, causes, signs to look for, how a health professional determines if you have OCD and treatment options
  • Panic disorder Causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have panic attacks or panic disorder and treatment options.
  • Personality disorders - general Types, causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have a personality disorder and treatment options.
  • Phobias Causes, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have a phobia, treatment options and supporting recovery.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder Signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have PTSD, treatment options and strategies to support recovery
  • Postnatal depression What causes postnatal depression, signs to look for, how to determine if you have a problem and treatment options.
  • Postnatal psychosis Postnatal psychosis: Signs & treatment
  • Schizoaffective disorder (in review) This content is currently being reviewed and updated. Updated content will be available soon.
  • Schizophrenia (in review) This content is currently being reviewed and updated. Updated content will be available soon.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder What causes SAD, signs to look for, how your doctor determines if you have SAD and treatment options
  • Self-harm Who is most at risk, getting help to feel better and supporting someone who is self-harming.
  • Suicide: Supporting someone after a suicide attempt This information is to help you support someone who has tried to take their own life.
  • Suicide: coping with suicidal thoughts If you’re having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone.
  • Suicide: worried about someone? Who is most at risk of suicide, signs to look for, how to support someone's recovery and caring for yourself

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  • Adrian Te Patu For nearly four decades Adrian has worked for government departments, crown agencies, community organisation, iwi, and h...
  • Alanna Ramsay Alanna was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to Scotland where she studied Politics and International Relations...
  • Amanda Wickman Prior to joining the Mental Health Foundation she worked in a communications role at Youthline and then spent two years...
  • Ana Bogdanovic Ana has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of Auckland and hopes one day to continue her s...
  • Anthony Ruakere An experienced advisor and former lawyer who has worked across the private and public sectors for more than 20 years, An...
  • Celine Kao Celine was born in Taiwan and grew up in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. She completed her honours degree in public relations at t...
  • Christie Tai Christie graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources Manag...
  • Christina Looker Christina Looker is a Kaiwhakarite Māori Engagement Specialist
  • Ciarán Fox Ciarán has a background in youth health, community development and the arts.
  • Daemon Coyle Daemon is Ngāi Tahu and has a background managing social marketing, communications and social innovation programmes
  • Danielle Whitburn Danielle completed degrees in Philosophy and Public Relations and has travelled to more than 50 countries.
  • Donna-Jean Tairi He uri o Ngāti Rongomai me Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa me Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura , Waikato-Tainui.
  • Dr. Sarah Gordon Sarah’s personal experience of mental illness shaped her university study with the areas of psychology, medical law, bio...
  • Emilie Putter Joining the MHF has allowed Emilie to combine her consulting skills with her passion for public health.
  • Emily Draper Emily is passionate about using social media to promote good mental health and destigmatise mental illness, and jumped a...
  • Georgina Giordani Gina is of NZ European and Ngati Porou descent. She enjoys living in West Auckland near the beaches and the beautiful ra...
  • Gwen Lee Gwen is a graduate of the University of Auckland, majoring in Statistics and specialising in Computer Science
  • Helena Westwick Helena’s background is in corporate librarianship and she has a combination of information, communications and analysis...
  • Jeff Edbrooke Using the tools and tactics from the business world, Jeff works to drive our work into the digital world.
  • Jeremy Gardiner Jeremy is Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, an iwi authority representing around 15,000 descendants of Ngāti Aw...
  • Jess Manson Jess has a BA in Media Studies. Prior to joining The Mental Health Foundation, Jess spent three years in public relation...
  • Kevin Allan Kevin is a longstanding supporter of the Foundation’s work. He has a strong commitment to promoting mental wellbeing in...
  • Kim Higginson Kim knows the library and its resources back-to-front, having been with the Foundation for more than 13 years. Kim's bac...
  • Libby Wichman Libby Wichman is a Project Management Coordinator
  • Lucy Boomer Lucy was born in the UK and has been living in Aotearoa since 2013.
  • Maisie Thursfield Maisie is a Senior Policy Analyst.
  • Mark Wilson Mark is passionate about educating people on the suicide loss experience and helping make healthy connections with other...
  • Mohi Allen Mohi Allen is a Kaiwhakarite Māori Engagement Specialist
  • Ngavaine Dave Nga manages the administration and support staff across all three of our offices.
  • Olivia Stapleton Supporting mental health and wellbeing has always been a part of Olivia’s life.
  • Pale Sauni Pale is a leading figure within the Pasifika mental health community
  • Polly Schaverien Polly is a clinical psychologist who works both in mental health and supporting young people who are struggling with sch...
  • Ranjna Patel Ranjna is the co-founder of Auckland's Nirvana Health Group, New Zealand's largest independent primary health care netwo...
  • Rochelle Stewart-Withers Rochelle is an academic at Massey University in the School of People, Environment and Planning: Development Studies
  • Sarah Andrew Sarah is our office administrator, providing admin support across the organisation.
  • Shaun Robinson Chief Executive.
  • Sophia Graham Working for the MHF has allowed Sophia to pursue her interests in social justice and mental health. She loves reading, s...
  • Thomas Strickland Thomas has a rich background in Māori health, working in health promotion, public health, as well as a cultural advisor.
  • Vipul Dev Vipul chairs the Mental Health Foundation's finance committee and assists The Board with the review of financial reports...
  • Virginia Brooks Virginia coordinates the Suicide Bereavement Service and recognises the value of peer support and postvention as prevent...
  • Wharepaoro Christie Te rangi kei runga, Te whenua kei raro, Te moana kei waho, Taku au kei roto,
  • Zooey Neumann Zooey is the publications co-ordinator at MHF, managing the webstore and its printed resources.