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Mental Notes 2.0


After a sell out season at Dunedin Fringe, Mental Notes is back and bigger than ever!

Mental Notes 2.0 is a collection of stories on the topic of mental health. These are the experiences of our community. And, as always, we invite you to stay for a cuppa and a chat after the show.

Presented as a part of Mental Health Awareness Week, 25% of the profits will be donated in support of the week.

Trigger warning:
Mental Notes contains stories around suicide, depression and breakdowns of an overworked system. Take care of your brain. Use our support people. Stay for a cup of tea, a chat or a hug after the show.

More about Mental Notes:
- Suitcase Theatre welcomes you to an exploration of mental health.
- The conversation around mental health has been appearing more and more in mainstream media, does this mean that we are finally having those conversations?
- The ones that help us understand what it’s like to live with a mental illness. The ones that remind us that we are not alone. The ones that shake off the shame and stigma of a label and start to actually help. The ones that help us to empathise, support and live alongside this undeniable part of humanity.
- Mental notes continues that conversation. We invite you into the hearts and minds of people living through mental illness, and what it's like to be on the outside looking in.


Me whakawhanaunga 

Maramataka: Mutuwhenua

Monday 8 October

The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest focusing on connecting with your whānau, friends and community in nature.

Focus on connecting with nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.


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Keep learning

Me ako tonu

Maramataka: Whiro

Tuesday 9 October

The moon phase today is called Whiro, the new moon, the beginning of the new moon cycle. A day where activity was minimal, a day for wananga/learning. This makes Tuesday a great day to Keep Learning.


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Take notice

 Me aro tonu

Maramataka: Tirea

Wednesday 10 October



The new moon is beginning to expand ever so slightly and can just be seen. See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.


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Be active

Me kori tonu

Maramataka: Ohoata

Thursday 11 October

Today is a very good day for fishing, eeling and crayfishing, and a good day for planting which means it’s a great day to Be Active! Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.

Remember to encourage people to be as physically active as their fitness and mobility allow. You don’t have to run a marathon to be active!


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Maramataka: Ouenuku

Friday 12 October

This is the fourth night of the lunar month. Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature, re-tell stories with whānau and give back.

Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

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