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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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Dads get postnatal depression too

2016-05-02 - Life & Style
It will come as no surprise that some new fathers will be anxious or highly stressed. However, most people believe only new mums suffer postnatal depression. This is not the case.

Coroner tells health board to improve its policies after inquest into suicide

2016-05-02 - National
When her depressed fiance was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital after a failed bid to take his own life, Stacey Bailey felt the months of turmoil and unrest were over, and he would finally get the care he so desperately needed.

But within two weeks, David Bentin was dead.

Converting blokes to yoga

2016-04-21 - Life & Style
Jase Te Patu is a yoga instructor and one of the men behind the yoga studio, Power Living. He is going to be running a men's yoga class to raise money for mental health in men.

Hugh Norriss: Cantabrians 'feeling emotionally exhausted'

2016-04-19 Rebuild Christchurch
Christchurch has changed since the February 22, 2011 earthquakes.

Quake link to deaths spurs call for urgent study

2016-04-19 The New Zealand Herald
A Herald investigation into the hidden toll of the Christchurch earthquakes - linking at least 40 suicides to the disaster - has sparked calls for research into a previously ignored issue in New Zealand.

Wide raft of helpful measures on offer

2016-04-12 Dairy News
Helping farms through this tough patch and ensuring they maintain their low-cost advantage when the upturn arrives are key focus

Facebook page set up to help people fight the blues

2016-04-06 Taranaki Daily News
Four young people from around Taranaki have banded together to support people with depression.

Ahumai Tako-Hoeta, 23, Jesse Butler, 20, Tamara Osbourne, 15 and Temika Amstad, 16, are in the early stages of setting up a non-profit organisation called Fighting The Blues.

Trio excited to tour woolsheds again

2016-04-04 Otago Daily Times
Mel Parsons is just a little bit excited.

Not only is she reuniting with mates Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn for a tour of performances in South Island woolsheds, but the trio is also getting just a little bit fancy.

Kyle MacDonald: How to help those who don't want help

2016-03-24 The New Zealand Herald
Follow Kyle on Facebook and check out his website

Wanaka man runs up 50 mountains for mental health

2016-03-16 - Life & Style
After running up and down 50 New Zealand mountain peaks in 50 days and spending more than 400 hours on his feet, Mal Law was a bit tired.

Well, maybe more than a bit tired.

Shakedown of a shakeup

2016-03-16 New Zealand Listener
For almost five years, Christchurch’s recovery has been largely in the hands of Cera and its minister, Gerry Brownlee. As the city copes with more aftershocks, what’s been learnt?

Polly Gillespie speaks out about her anxiety-depression |

Radio personality Polly Gillespie has opened up about her struggle with a disorder that went on for years undiagnosed.

Gillespie has written a piece for the NZ Herald about living with anxiety-depression brought on by puberty.

Education Council considers shocking headline 'balanced'

2016-03-03 PPTA
‘Mentally Ill Teachers Investigated by Watchdog’ was the misleading newspaper headline that shocked teachers late last year.

As someone who had lived with depression for many years, PPTA Auckland Eastern Ward executive member Lawrence Mikkelsen was appalled.

Marlborough rider bikes length of the country for mental health

2016-02-26 - Life & Style
A Blenheim man is biking the length of the country as part of an inaugural event, organised by a New Zealand cycling legend.

Kono Wines viticulture manager Mondo Kopua started the 3000-kilometre Tour Aotearoa at Cape Reinga last Sunday.

Training for Farmstrong cycling tour

2016-02-08 Otago Daily Times
A cycle seat is not the sort of saddle that Olivia Ross is ordinarily accustomed to.
But Miss Ross (27), a keen equestrian rider and barrel racer, has been enjoying a change of horsepower.
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