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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.

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

MidCentral DHB declined mental healthcare for woman at risk

2015-06-08 - National
A woman who died in an apparent suicide at Palmerston North Hospital had been repeatedly turned away from mental health services despite a history of hospitalisations for

All you need to know about Farmstrong

2015-06-05 AgriHQ
Farmstrong is a non-commercial initiative founded by rural insurer FMG and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). The Movember Foundation has also provided funding.

Its focus is on wellbeing and what farmers can do to maintain and improve their health.

Farmstrong puts farmers first

2015-06-03 - Business Day
A NEW rural wellbeing programme has been launched that aims to help shift the focus of mental health from depression and illness to one of wellbeing.

Farmers' mental health in focus

2015-06-03 3 News
By 3 News online staff

While farmers are good at taking care of their cattle and sheep, they're not so good at looking after themselves – but a new initiative is aiming to change

Social bonds: dangerous experiment or better services?

2015-06-02 Radio New Zealand
Advocates say issuing social bonds for mental health services risks being an unfortunate experiment undertaken with society's

Farmstrong to focus on wellbeing

2015-05-28 AgriHQ
This Wednesday will see the launch of Farmstrong, a new rural wellbeing programme to help farmers live and farm well.

Online help a click away

2015-05-28 AgriHQ
The stresses of farming life can place farmers under immense strain.

New Zealanders accepting of race, religion but not mental illness

2015-05-26 The New Zealand Herald
New Zealanders are accepting of diversity, sexuality and religion but not of mental

Schools turn pink to highlight their stance against bullying

2015-05-23 The New Zealand Herald
Whether it was kids in fluorescent ties, wigs, gumboots and fluffy hats, or teachers in football kits and ballet skirts, there was pink as far as the eye could see at Douglas Park and Masterton Intermediate Pink Shirt Day marked across New Zealand

Students up and down the country have switched uniforms for pink shirts today, while politicians, lgbti groups, police officers, members of the Defence Force and countless other organisations are backing the

Defence Force tackles bulling for Pink Shirt Day

2015-05-22 3 News
Police, students, nurses and defence force personnel will all be pulling on their pink shirts in a bid to combat bullying.

Pink Shirt Day is this Friday!

2015-05-19 Scoop
Pink Shirt Day is this Friday!

Clothing Giant Channels Power of Pink for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Pink will be the colour of the day at Glassons stores nationwide this month, as the leading retail chain shows its support for women standing up against

Mal Law celebrates smashing target with Mt Eden run

2015-05-19 The New Zealand Herald
Ultra-distance trail runner Mal Law is celebrating his goal of raising $505,050 with the only way he knows how - another mammoth run up and down Mt

Climber tackles mountains for mental health

2015-05-19 3 News
A man who climbed 50 mountains in 50 days for charity has extended his fundraising challenge.
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Aaron Hapuku

Aaron Hapuku

Aaron Hapuku recalls little in the school curriculum, or the media, celebrating positive Māori identity when he was growing up.

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