Mental Health Awareness Week 9 to 15 October, 2017
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