The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week (5-11 October) is ‘Give – Give your time, your words and your presence’.
One in five New Zealanders are affected by a mental illness every year, with depression and anxiety the most common forms.
For more information on this year’s theme ‘Give’, one of the five ways to wellbeing, and what people can do to support others, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s awareness week website: www.mhaw.nz.
The 2015 World Mental Health Day theme is: Dignity in mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week Events
The Mental Health Foundation has published a range of events that are taking place throughout New Zealand tin support of Mental Health Awareness Week. You can view them here: www.mhaw.nz/events/
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing, Ētahi ara e rima ki te ngākau ora, were developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) from the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing research report, published in the UK.
NEF conducted a review of the most up-to-date evidence and found building five actions into your daily lives is important for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations. The Mental Health Foundation has collated these activities on their website.
- Connect, Me Whakawhanaunga
- Give, Tukua
- Take Notice, Me aro tonu
- Keep Learning, Me ako tonu
- 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.
Making complaints about mental health services
The Commission has published a guide to help people make a complaint about a service or treatment received for a mental health issue. It explains what to do if people are not happy with how they have been treated because of their mental illness. It outlines complaints services available, the type of complaints they handle and how to contact them. .
Mental health in the workplace
Recent research suggests one in five New Zealanders will experience some form of mental illness this year alone, but in contrast, Equal Employment Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue says the workplace is often not accommodating this disability well. Read more here.