Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

10 October 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand runs 8–14 October 2018 and the theme this year is:

let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga!

Nature can help you to grow, support and nurture your wellbeing; from learning about native birds and picking herbs from the garden to seeing the sunset from the kitchen window.

There are five actions that when built into day-to-day lives is important for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations. Regardless of how much or little you interact with nature, you can still make them work for you. The five actions are:

You can introduce any of these actions into your life, any time, and you will begin to feel the benefits. Whakatōkia ngā rautaki māmā nei ki tō ao kia rongo ai koe i ngā painga.

We know connecting with nature promotes positive mental health, and research shows the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice) help people find balance, build resilience and boost mental wellbeing.

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