Power for Good: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Kia Ora, my name is Ari and I work on the
administration and finance team here at the Mental Health Foundation. For those of you who don’t know, the Mental
Health Foundation has existed since 1977, we are a nation-wide charity who work with
stakeholders across Aotearoa to improve mental health outcomes for everyone. Mental health is something that we all have
and that we all need to care for. We all go through ups and downs, it’s a natural fact
of life and we want to make sure that despite those downs in particular that, most of the
time, all new Zealanders are able to experience positive mental health. Every year, at least 1 in 5 people will experience
a mental health problem of some kind and across our lifetimes, that adds up to be nearly half
of us will experience some sort of mental illness. There’s a very good chance that
we all either know someone – or are someone – who is living with mental illness or has
experienced mental health problems at some point in their lives. We run national level wellbeing campaigns
and promotions. Some of the best known ones are Mental Health Awareness Week and Pink
Shirt Day. Some of the work we to do support those campaigns is referring any individuals
as well as their friends and whānau who may be seeking guidance on where they can access
support and services and resources. We refer them to appropriate services and we also provide
a lot of resources they may find helpful. The work we do wouldn’t be possible without
the generous individuals all across Aotearoa who support us in a variety of ways. If you
are a Powershop customer, this is one way you can support us by buying a Power for Good
powerpack from the Shop, or you can have a look at our website (www.mentalhealth.org.nz)
to find out more. If you like the sound of what we do and you
want to tautoko that mahi then please donate through either of those ways. Essentially,
what you’re helping us do is create a society where we can all talk about mental health
a lot more openly and honestly and work towards making New Zealand a place where we can all
flourish and live well, most of the time.

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