Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September 2023.

This year's theme is "Five ways, five days". Life has been a rollercoaster lately, with stress and overwhelm hitting us from all angles. We've faced uncertainty, unfamiliarity, and hardships that have left us with mixed emotions. That's why we're bringing you the Five Ways for the Five Days of MHAW - to give us a set of proven tools to boost our mental health when we need it.

  • Take Notice | Me Aro Tonu – Monday
    This refers to the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be thought of as open and receptive attention to, and awareness of, what is occurring in the present moment.
  • Give | Tukua – Tuesday
    This refers to actions based on kindness, altruism, or generosity. Carrying out acts of kindness boosts our happiness, life satisfaction, and overall wellbeing.
  • Be Active | Me Kori Tonu – Wednesday
    Being active is widely recognised as being crucial for physical health and fitness, and is also a powerful mood booster. Being active can not only make us feel good - it also enhances our thinking and learning abilities.
  • Connect | Me Whakawhanaunga – Thursday
    Connection is the ngākau/heart of our wellbeing. It weaves us together, making us feel seen, heard, and understood. When we nurture meaningful connections with others, we fuel our own happiness.
  • Keep Learning | Me Ako Tonu – Friday
    This refers to ‘exercising our mind’ – almost like taking our brain to the gym. Any activity that challenges our thinking and expands our consciousness improves our ability to think.

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week, including how to register for updates and ways you can get involved.