The Five Ways to Wellbeing, Ētahi ara e rima ki te ngākau ora, help people stay mentally well.

They were created as a result of the New Economics Foundation's (NEF) Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing research report.

NEF conducted a review of the most up-to-date evidence and found that building five actions into day to day lives is important for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations. The five actions are:

  1. Connect, me whakawhanaunga 

  2. Give, tukua

  3. Take notice, me aro tonu

  4. Keep learning, me ako tonu

  5. Be active, me kori tonu

You can introduce any of these actions into your life, any time, and you will begin to feel the benefits. Whakatōkia ngā rautaki māmā nei ki tō ao kia rongo ai koe i ngā painga.

Read the Five Ways to Wellbeing Best Practice Guide, and visit each of our Five Ways to Wellbeing pages to get some ideas on how to begin. Start small, work at it – and good luck!

We have a series of posters, a postcard and a bookmark that you are welcome to print out or order free from our webstore. The posters are available in English and Maori as well as other languages, and there's one specifically aimed at men.


Getting through together

Getting through togetherGetting through together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti is a national mental health and wellbeing campaign brought to you by the team at All Right? – Community and Public Health (a division of the Canterbury District Health Board) and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

This campaign will help New Zealanders get through the COVID-19 outbreak – together.

Find out more here


Stand with Kiwis struggling to cope this Mental Health Awareness Week

Featured story 2It’s been a really tough year for the team of five million. Kiwis across Aotearoa are in need of support for their mental health and wellbeing like never before. Many Kiwis are finding it especially hard to see hope and to find purpose and a way through.

They need support. Our support. And they need it now

Please take the time to stand side by side with Kiwis struggling to cope by visiting our Mental Health Awareness Week livestream and donating to this important mahi.

Find out more and sign up here.


Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit

FWW 288x180 coverThe Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit is a stepped guide to improving mental wellness in your workplace. It includes fact sheets, tips, tools and templates to make it easy for you to support your teams to build the Five Ways into their daily lives. The toolkit can be downloaded as one document or in sections.

Mental wellbeing is one of the most valuable business assets. Workplaces that prioritise mental health have better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while people have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction.

The Mental Health Foundation and Health Promotion Agency developed the toolkit in partnership to enable New Zealand workplaces to flourish.