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Other places to find information and tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing. 


General wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing – Mental Health Foundation

Te Whare Tapa Whā – Mental Health Foundation

All Sorts - Mental Health Foundation

Self-help tools and apps – Mental Health Foundation and Getting Through Together

Having a hard time getting through? – Mental Health Foundation and Getting Through Together

Whakatau Mai | The Wellbeing Sessions – Changing Minds

What works for you? Using sensory strategies to help people cope with challenging situations – Te Pou

The science of happiness podcast series – UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center US

Health Navigator mental health – Health Navigator NZ

Wellbeing topics – Farmstrong

Building a strong Whare Tapa Whā so we can flourish video – All Right


Supporting yourself and others

Listing of Community Support Groups – Mental Health Foundation

How to do nothing - Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency

Checking In: supporting someone who may be experiencing depression and/or anxiety – Le Va (in English, Samoan, Tongan, and Cook Island languages)

Having suicidal thoughts and Personal safety plan – Mental Health Foundation

Supporting others – Mental Health Foundation 

Connecting through kōrero: Talking about suicide with young people (resource & videos) – Mental Health Foundation

Top tips for talking to a friend with mental health challenges – Dr Angela Lim featured on Re:

Helping whānau and friends through the tough times – Mental Health Foundation

Men’s Wellbeing - Aotearoa NZ Tough Talk

Take a breath – Le Va

Hear for you Sione - a short film about mental wealth – Le Va

R U OK? A conversation could change a life – R U OK Australia

Movember conversations – Movember campaign

Want to help but not sure what to do? – Depression.org

Just ask, just listen – Like Minds, Like Mine

Active Listening tool – Small Steps

A guide to talking therapies – Te Pou

‘Are You Ok?’ – (Asking the question) - Te Rau Matatini

‘Out In The Open’ – (Talking about Suicide) - Te Rau Matatini

Depression – kindness helps  - Tangata Atumotu Trust

Help for the tough times - HPA

Conversation starters to check-in with a new mum - Maternal mental health awareness guide (MaMA)

Life Keepers training modules – Le Va

Conversations Matter - Australia

Yeah Nah: What stops us checking in on a mate – and how to overcome it - Umbrella

Help a mate – Headfirst

Village App – Starship and Youthline


Others' journeys to wellbeing:

Hear how others have dealt with their depression and anxiety and how they work on staying well.

Low Down – How others have dealt with their depression and anxiety and how they work on staying well.

Depression.org.nz – Draw strength and hope from the stories of other people.

Like Minds, Like Mine – Real-life stories people have gifted to us over the years.

Headfirst Being Men series – Rugby players speak about their mental fitness and the strategies they use.



Te Waioratanga – All Right?

Hikitia Te Hā – All Right?

M3 Mindfulness for children – Jase Te Patu

Wellbeing for Māori – Depression.org.nz

Empower your whānau through #manaaki20 – Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Move over astrology, it’s time to return to the Māori lunar calendar – The Spinoff

Maramataka – The Spinoff

E Tū Whānau - Māori Reference Group

Manaaki Ora App - Te Rau Ora and The Centre for Māori Suicide Prevention

Unu Ora - a personal wellbeing resource - Tuihana Ohia

CHUR! All good, bro? Helping tāne get out of a dark space - Mental Health Foundation

He Tuinga Aroha - Te Hiringa Hauora

Mānawa Maiea te Atawhai video series – The Kindness Institute



An integrated approach to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace (webinar) - Mental Health Foundation

Positive communication at work – Mental Health Foundation

How to have a conversation about mental health – Mental Health Foundation

Open Minds e-learning (helps people managers to support employees experiencing mental distress or illness at work) – Mental Health Foundation

Workplace Wellbeing – Mental Health Foundation

Ideas and advice on mental wellbeing – Wellplace

Tools to make small daily steps that create big changes for your daily wellbeing - Groov app


Schools and kura

Sparklers – All Right?

Te Rito Toi – developed by Professor Peter O’Connor and multiple contributors

The mental wealth project – Le Va

Supporting wellbeing & hauora video series – Ministry of Education


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Rāhina / Monday

Reconnect with yourself

Connecting with yourself is a skill. To start the week, begin by taking a moment to check in with yourself, acknowledge how you’re feeling and how the last few years of turbulence affected you and your connection with others and the world around you. This is a good time to think about the people you have lost contact with who you might want to reach out to, or the special places you haven’t visited in a while, and set some whāinga/goals for the week ahead.

At the end of the week, you can reflect on how you felt at the start and how reconnecting with the people and places that are special to you has lifted you up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with yourself:

Rātū/ Tuesday

Reconnect with a friend or loved one

We know life can get busy, but feeling connected to the people that are important to us can make a big difference to our mental health. Connection brings purpose and belonging to our lives and makes us feel happier and more secure. Today is about reconnecting with the people in our lives – it could be someone special who you have lost touch with or just wish you caught up with more often.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a friend or loved one:

Rāapa / Wednesday

Reconnect with a special place

The places and spaces we spend our time in have a huge impact on how we feel. Most of us have places we can go that calm, inspire or uplift us. Today, make time to go to a place that is special to you and take notice of how you feel when you are there. For some of us, the special place that comes to mind might be out of reach - perhaps it’s overseas, or too far away to get to. Even if we can’t get there right now, there are ways that we can reconnect with the places that lift us up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a special place:

Rāpare / Thursday

Reconnect with your community.

Today is about reconnecting with your hapori whānui/wider community. It’s the perfect time to sign up to be a volunteer or join a local community group, but it could also be as simple as making the effort to reconnect with the people you interact with every day. Today is all about savouring the little hononga/connections that make us human.

A few ideas for reconnecting with your community:

Rāmere / Friday

Reconnect with nature

To round out the week, we’re asking you to reconnect with the beautiful taonga that is te taiao/the natural environment. Studies show exposure to nature not only makes us feel better emotionally, it contributes to our physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. All the more reason to spend at least a small moment today outside - breathing in some fresh air and noticing the world around you.

A few ideas for reconnecting with nature: