Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week 9 to 15 Oc­to­ber, 2017

The Invercargill Eye - - KBOOK MENTAL HEALTH -

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion runs Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week (MHAW) ev­ery year in con­junc­tion with World Men­tal Health Day (10 Oc­to­ber).

A reg­is­tered char­ity, the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion un­der­take fundrais­ing to help sup­port their vi­tal work.

Money raised sup­ports the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion’s cam­paigns and ser­vices to in­crease aware­ness about men­tal health and men­tal ill­ness.

Do­na­tions en­able them to pro­vide free in­for­ma­tion, re­sources and pro­grammes.

They also help fund their ad­vo­cacy work, such as bet­ter ac­cess to ser­vices, a na­tional com­mit­ment to up­hold­ing dig­nity and hu­man rights, and equal par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­ni­ties and in em­ploy­ment.

MHAW is en­dorsed by the World Fed­er­a­tion for Men­tal Health and marked in over 150 coun­tries at dif­fer­ent times of the year.

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion has or­gan­ised MHAW in New Zealand since 1993.

This year’s theme is ‘Na­ture is Key!’ Last year, the foun­da­tion con­nected with na­ture for good men­tal health and well­be­ing and they were were blown away by the sup­port and en­thu­si­asm for the theme.

So they are dou­bling down again this year and look­ing to na­ture to grow, sup­port and nur­ture men­tal health and well­be­ing.

Why na­ture? Be­cause it’s great for ev­ery­one! Ki­wis from all walks of life are en­cour­aged to stop think­ing of na­ture as some­thing locked away in na­tional parks and forests but as the daisies in the berm, the tree out­side the win­dow and the vast, beau­ti­ful sky above. Spend­ing time with na­ture can make you feel hap­pier and more op­ti­mistic, re­store you when you’re feel­ing run-down, re­duce stress, im­proves life sat­is­fac­tion and much more!

Like get­ting your 5+ a day, we all in­stinc­tively know we should be spend­ing more time in the wild but it can feel too hard to cram into our al­ready hec­tic sched­ules.

This MHAW, the foun­da­tion wants to show you just how easy it can be to un­lock your well­be­ing and spend time with the na­ture you live, play and work amongst ev­ery day.

Help cel­e­brate Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week by join­ing an event, fundrais­ing at work, school or on­line. For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can help visit https://events.men­tal­health.org.nz/fundraise

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