The late teens and 20s can be a volatile time for young women as they learn to negotiate their way through new and challenging experiences.
They’re just out of high school or university, starting their first real jobs, negotiating friendships, their first big romances (and heartbreaks). It’s a time of great highs and lows.
Today, the new demands of technology and social media and an increase in risk-taking behaviour such as excessive drinking and drug-taking, combined with relentless pressure to have the perfect body, the perfect image, the perfect job and perfect relationships can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Yet this group of women has very little support, leading to a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
The MHF is launching a new project to explore how best to distribute positive mental health and wellbeing information to women in their late teens and 20s.
We are seeking start-up funding to begin the initial phase of a project that will explore what’s already out there (we know it’s not much), what types of resources and information would be most useful, and how young women would like to receive that information.
We kicked the fundraising off last month when MHF ambassador Sonia Gray hosted an auction we called Girls, Interrupted.
More than 100 people gathered to enjoy a glass of wine or two, meet new people and bid on some outstanding items in support of women’s wellbeing in New Zealand. More than $10,000 was raised for the project.
While that’s a brilliant start, we’re a long way from getting this project off the ground. With your support, we can soon start to improve the mental health and wellbeing of this particular group of young people in New Zealand.
With special thanks to Cocos Cantina, The Aromatherapy Company, I Love Pies, macarons.co.nz, MOST juices, Codorniu, and Nice Cream for supporting the event.
Thanks also to the volunteers on the night, and most especially to all the people and companies that donated items to be auctioned off.