October 04, 2018
Wellbeing focus for mental health week
Waka ama, mārā kai, Māori movement and stories about whānau wellbeing will be part of next week's Mental Health Awareness week.
Māori public health body Hāpai Te Hauora and the Mental Health Foundation have joined forces to promote a programme of community workshops and other events.
Janelle Dymus from Hāpai says they are using a framework of five simple actions that boost wellbeing.
That includes getting off the couch.
"Connecting to the taiao, to nature and to our atua is inherently great for us. The incidental outcome is mental well being. We're reinforcing the mātauranga Māori message and not just for next week, We think it's an everyday thing," she says.
As well as Auckland community workshops, there will also be events in Tauranga, Kaikohe, Kawakawa and Kaitaia.
To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit www.mhaw.nz
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