Trusted mental
health information in
Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

... creating hope

Meltwater news

Māori suicide rate highest in three years

2015-10-07 Radio New Zealand
Important Māori figures, including comedian Mike King, are working to address the Māori suicide rate, which new figures show is the highest in

Football: Mental illness widespread in professionals

2015-10-07 Otago Daily Times
Professional footballers suffer more from depression and anxiety than the general public, with more than a third of current and former players reporting symptoms, according to a study by the world players'

Free classroom resource launched to foster understanding of diversity

RainbowYOUTH has announced the launch of Inside Out, the first ever curriculum-aligned resource in New Zealand created by Kiwis at a national

Support line for stressed farmers

2015-09-12 Otago Daily Times
A new community-driven support line is up and running in the Waitaki Valley.

Suicide statistics push sisters NZ run |

Being affected by suicide personally is motivation for two Kiwi sisters running the length of New Zealand to raise mental health issues'

Street doctor tells rural people to watch their health

2015-09-02 - Business Day
A doctor who specialises in treating people in rural regions says farmers need to get their own health checked more often.

SEO: Mental Health Foundation fundraiser cabaret remembers Robbie Tripe

2015-08-27 The Dominion Post
The last Robbie Tripe.

Auckland school bullying persists despite 'big stand'

2015-08-26 3 News
By Kelly Teed

Images have emerged of threatening graffiti written on bathroom stalls at an East Auckland high school that has repeatedly tried to stop

Network focusses on social support

2015-08-12 Dairy News
Dairy Women's Network (DWN) will focus on networking and social events to support its 7600 members through the tough season, says chief executive Zelda

Invisible job barrier: how mental illness makes it harder to get work |

A Wellington man who is struggling to get a job believes he is being discriminated against because of his mental illness.

Richard Stephens suffers from bipolar disorder and chronic anxiety.

NZ Internet Provider unveils farmer-friendly data deal

2015-08-06 ComputerWorld
“We understand that satellite data

McCaw one of the inspirational men featured on Movember Radio

2015-07-24 The Gisborne Herald
The global charity Movember Foundation is to be commended for its podcast radio series on what it takes to be a man — an issue that has occupied the minds of philosophers throughout the ages and remains just as relevant, if not more so,

Positivity at Dairy Women's Network workshop

2015-07-21 The Southland Times
Southland dairy women are grasping on to a positive outlook for the industry.

Kiwis craving advice to support troubled young people

Research released today by Common Ground, has revealed another side to New Zealand’s youth mental health issues - the challenges faced by the 70% of Kiwis who say they have helped a young person in their family, whanau, friendship circle or community who was going through a tough

Dr Tom promotes healthy thinking

2015-07-10 The Southland Times
Dr Tom Mulholland is on a mission.

He wants farmers to look after their physical wellbeing and mental health, or the "top two inches" as he calls it.

"It's a bit like applying fertiliser to the top paddock - if you stick it in the shed it doesn't work,"
Joanna Mathers and Tom
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Joanna Mathers

Joanna Mathers

Joanna Mathers’ first ever ribbon day was a personal triumph. It wasn’t just that she and the handsome Thomas won several ribbons. For Joanna, it had taken 35 years to realise her childhood dream.

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