Our work is diverse and expansive, with campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. We take a holistic approach to mental health, promoting what we know makes and keeps people mentally well.
We provide free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.
Established in 1977 from the proceeds of a telethon, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is a charitable trust, with a governing board. Board members are experts in their fields – they are professionals who collectively guide our direction.
We value the expertise of mental health consumers/tangata whaiora and incorporate these perspectives into all the work we do. Our work is funded through donations, grants and contract income.
Our Board of Trustees is made up of people with mental health expertise as well as legal, management and financial skills and include Maori, Pacific Nation and tangata whaiora/mental health consumer representatives. Board representatives also come from a wide geographical reach, covering urban and rural, metropolitan and provincial areas. This combination of skills and life experience delivers the highest level of governance to our organisation.
People who work for the MHF do so within three offices nationwide, in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and some work from their home offices.
Auckland is the national office, where our overarching services are based: the executive team, administration, finance, fundraising and communications. This office is also home to our Information Service, the northern region mental health promotion team and the project managers for Like Minds, Like Mine and our suicide prevention work.
Wellington's focus is on policy, advocacy and research, and Christchurch is the hub of South Island mental health promotion.
In June 2013, MHF staff and board members gathered at the Whatua Kaimarie Marae in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, to celebrate the adoption of a new whakataukī: mauri tū, mauri ora. You will see these words as part of our logo.
Mauri refers to the life force or latent energy found in all things. Mauri tū refers to stability and a sense of space for this energy, and in this context covers both communities and individuals. Mauri ora refers to the unleashing of this energy to actively support and create wellbeing.
This korero is a constant reminder to the MHF of our commitment to actively supporting individuals and communities to flourish through the unleashing of positive energy and strategies to affect wellbeing.