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.


Wellbeing fundraising event

thumbnail Go The Distance FB BannerWith the change that COVID-19 has brought to our lives, it's more important than ever to look after our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of our whānau and community.

Being active, staying connected, keeping a routine, and setting ourselves challenges are all great ways to help us do that.

By joining a ‘going the distance’ walking/running event in May, you are not only taking care of your own wellbeing, but also raising money to help support mental health for all New Zealanders.

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.