Mental Health

Explore resources, organisations, books, events, and activities with a focus on mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is run by the Mental Health Foundation and has been an annual event since 1993. It is endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health and is marked in over 150 countries.  Mental Health Awareness Week is on from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September 2019 and the theme is:

Explore your way to wellbeing – Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora.

MHAW - Lunchtime #greenpodchat sessions: Monday 23 to Friday 27 September

Drop by Tūranga any weekday lunchtime during Mental Health Awareness Week and you'll be able to kōrero with folks from some of the wonderful organisations nurturing Ōtautahi's social wellbeing. Each day there will be representatives from a different organisation available to chat in the Green Connection Pod over lunch time.

  • Monday 23 September - 12.30pm to 2pm Ōtautahi Creative Spaces, opens a new window - Join Kim Morton, director of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces, and artists from its studio Room 5, to talk about getting creative with mental health.
  • Tuesday 24 September - 11.30am to 1:30pm Qtopia Christchurch, opens a new window - Join Qtopia's Executive Director/Professional Aunty, Alice, who will be available to chat about sexuality, gender, inclusion and community.
  • Wednesday 25 September 12noon to 2pm - Sue Turner (Campaign Manager) and Anna Mowat (Whānau/families advisor) from All Right?, opens a new window will be in the pod to discuss wellbeing tips and tricks.
  • Thursday 26 September 11.30am to 12:30pm and Friday 27 September 12:30pm to 2:30pm - Three wonderful wahine, Lisa Morris, Maree Hansen, and Stella Mauriri from the Purapura Whetu, opens a new window team will take a shift each in the Green Connection Pod. They'll be available to talk about their services which support whānau to get well, live well, and stay well. They'll also share some self-care tips!

Subscribe to the MHAW Lunchtime #greenpodchat sessions Facebook event for more information and updates.

Talk: Wellbeing and Connection in Urban Environments Saturday 28 September 2pm to 3.30pm

How do the built and social environments we work and live in shape wellbeing? What’s the relationship between green spaces and wellbeing? Join The Green Lab, opens a new window, Christchurch City Libraries, opens a new window and All Right?, opens a new window in Tūranga's Spark Place at 2pm for a kōrero about wellbeing and connection.

Subscribe to the Talk: Wellbeing and Connection in Urban Environments Facebook event for more information and updates.

More about the Green Connection Pod

The Green Lab, Tūranga, and All Right? invite you to come nourish your connections or enjoy contemplation completely surrounded by plants kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face. Bring a friend or share the space with someone new - try a conversation prompt to help you get started. The Green Connection Pod is on He Hononga | Connection, Ground floor, Tūranga.

The Green Connection Pod was designed and produced by The Green Lab. A scale model was prototyped at Tūranga in the Taupuni Waihanga Production Studio. All Right? have designed conversation prompts and are supporting programming around Mental Health Awareness Week, 23 to 29 September, 2019. If you or someone you know is struggling, there is free help available. Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day.

Let's keep talking: An Evening with Lorelei Mason Thursday 3 October 6pm to 7.30pm, Tūranga

It's essential we keep the conversation going in Ōtautahi Christchurch about mental health and wellbeing. Former 1 News Health Correspondent Lorelei Mason leads this kōrero with authors Naomi Arnold (Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety), Steve Langley, (Been There: Young People's Stories of Struggle and Hope), GP and Youth Advocate Dame Sue Bagshaw, poet Tusiata Avia, plus other guests. An event to promote the Reading in Mind programme. Generously supported by Pegasus Health, refreshments provided.

Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health and wellbeing

The Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health and wellbeing offers the community an additional resource for managing and treating mild to moderate mental health issues through providing recommended books on a range of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry.

Reading in Mind was developed through a collaboration between Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Libraries, and the Mental Health Education Resource Centre, and HealthInfo Canterbury/Waitaha. Find out more about Reading in Mind.

Reading in Mind books and resources

The topics below list recommended books and other resources (eBooks, DVDs, CDs). You can get these books and resources from your local library or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC). Your family and friends can also use the scheme:

Mental health organisations and websites

  • CINCH Community Information Christchurch listing of mental health related organisations.
  • Mental health and illness Community and Public Health Te Mana Ora. Population health services and information about mental health and wellbeing.
  • Mental health Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora. Information and resources on how to cope with mental illness.
  • Mental health services Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora. Find out what to do in an emergency and other support including phone and online services and information.
  • All Right? supports people to become more aware of their mental heath and wellbeing, and to take small and regular steps to improve it.
  • Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event run by the Mental Health Foundation.
  • Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Depression and Anxiety is part of a national public health programme, the National Depression Initiative. It is a component of the New Zealand government’s approach to suicide prevention
  • The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. 
  • Mental Health Education Resource Centre in Christchurch provides information, a free public library, as well as professional development and community education about mental health, wellbeing, mental illness, and addiction.
  • Like minds, like mine is a public awareness programme to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness or distress. 
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