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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.

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A sickness, not a weakness

2016-02-01 - Business Day
Depression and anxiety can strike anyone anytime.

Why I'm speaking out about my experience of living with anxiety

2016-01-30 - Life & Style
OPINION: When we think about mental health problems, one catch-all issue comes to most Kiwis' minds: depression.

In large part, this is owing to Sir John Kirwan's laudable stigma-tackling efforts of the last decade.

Neighbours Day launches City & Town of the Year Competition

2016-01-20 Scoop
Nice Neighbourhoods: Neighbours Day Aotearoa launches City & Town of the Year Competition
The first ever Neighbours Day Aotearoa City & Town of the Year competition opens today, as a group of community-sector organisations encourage people to get to know their neighbours.

Project to help young people tackle mental illness

2016-01-20 Māori Television
A new project, Point of Difference, will help young people develop creative projects to end mental illness discrimination in Aotearoa.

It's formed by The Mental Health Foundation and focuses on those who experience isolation and rejection from their peers, due to mental illness.

Running: Tragedy leads to epic battle for charity

2016-01-02 The New Zealand Herald
After a personal tragedy, Malcolm Law decided to undertake an epic sporting endeavour to raise awareness and funds for the Mental Health Foundation NZ.

The Partners Life High Five-0 Challenge was to exceed Law's wildest expectations - but would cost nearly three years of his life.

Leading role in NZ mental health reform

2015-12-31 The New Zealand Herald
A man who has proved himself to be academically one of the most successful former pupils of Kuranui College has been named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to health, science and education.

Going to great lengths for charity

2015-12-29 Otago Daily Times
Nine months after finishing his epic fund-raising challenge, Malcolm Law, of Wanaka, is slowly getting back into running.
He has a couple of events lined up for early next year but will be a participant rather than an organiser.

Facts and balance, not sensation and stigma

2015-12-28 The Dominion Post
OPINION: New Zealanders have come a long way in their attitudes toward people with mental illness, but a recent story published in The Dominion Post and elsewhere, nearly 100 mentally-ill teachers investigated by the Education Council in the past six years has caused us serious concern.

Patients, not prisoners: New system for mentally ill

2015-12-17 The New Zealand Herald
Police cells have long been the default "safe place" for New Zealanders suffering from mental health issues whose worried family or friends call 111 for urgent help.

Facebook is rolling out mental health support for Australian users.

2015-12-07 The Glow
A great example of social media looking out for its users. READ MORE

Image: iStock.

Here in Australia, approximately one in five people will experience a mental illness in each 12-month period.

Concert unites whānau in Te Tairāwhiti affected by suicide

2015-12-04 Māori Television
Whānau within Te Tairāwhiti will come together for the Lean On Me concert to raise awareness around suicide. Suicide has been a pressing issue in the region this year.

New suicide prevention tool from Mental Health Foundation

2015-12-02 Scoop
Wednesday 2 December 2015

Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? A new suicide prevention resource from the Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released its newest resource – Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide?

Kaikohe suicide prevention group uplifts youth with positive learning

2015-11-24 Māori Television
A talented Northland dancer is using her skill and drive to provide support to the youthful population of Kaikohe.

The most important rebuild in Canterbury

2015-11-20 The Press
OPINION: Billions of dollars, kilometres of pipelines, thousands of home…however you measure it, the scale of Canterbury's rebuild is enormous.

Kayaking the coastline of New Zealand

2015-11-19 Auckland Now
Rough seas, sunburn and solitude are what lies ahead for Lynn Paterson.

Kayaking more than 5000 kilometres of the country's coastline has always been a dream for the 50-year-old from Onehunga.

Paterson is also raising money for the Mental Health Foundation during her journey.
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Nawton School

Nawton School

There’s something quite special about Nawton School, a decile two primary school in Hamilton.

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