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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising

This month marks one year since Shaun Robinson began his role as chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. In this issue of In Touch, he opens up about living with bipolar and how the mental health sector is at a tipping point.

Also in this issue:

  • Amy McAuley reveals how powerhooping helped her on the path to recovery from mental illness and details the fundraiser she recently held to raise money for us.
  • Applications for our youth incubator programme POD are closing soon so don't miss out.
  • Your chance to run the New York Marathon while raising funds for mental health.

The MHF has recently launched an exciting new online campaign called Take the Load Off to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination. The campaign is part of the national Like Minds, Like Mine programme, and will feature a series of animated videos which will tell personal stories focussing on how people lighten the load of mental illness stigma and discrimination.

We’d love to hear your experiences to help us bring the campaign to life!
Head over to the Take A Load Off website to have your say and find out more.

Naku iti nei,
From the Fundraising Team at the Mental Health Foundation.

Mental illness doesn't define new leader

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson.Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson knows first hand the challenges and discrimination people with mental illness face every day.

Shaun lives with bipolar. He says in the past he’s always been cautious about who he told for fear of how they would react but since joining the Mental Health Foundation, he’s started being more open about his experience and has had an incredible response.

He says his history of bipolar, depression, a suicide attempt and his whānau having experience with mental distress drew him to apply for the role at the Mental Health Foundation a year ago.

“I was always very cautious about who I told because making judgement calls is a big part of my senior management work. I was always concerned that if I made a controversial decision, people might try to undermine them on the basis of my mental health,” he says.

Powerhooping for mental health

Amy McAuley.When Amy McAuley was in the midst of depression, bulimia and alcohol addiction, she never dreamed that powerhooping would one day change her life forever.

“Finding a type of exercise I liked and enjoyed truly saved my life. The first time I tried it I had so much fun I had a full smile from ear to ear,” the mother-of-three says.

Amy (42) first tried powerhooping in her home country of Scotland in 2012. She was instantly hooked and soon became a powerhoop instructor. She moved to Auckland with her Kiwi husband, and four years ago started her own business Powerhoop NZ.

Amy held a powerhoop workshop this month in Point Chevalier in Auckland with half of the proceeds going to the Mental Health Foundation.

Find out more about Amy McAuley's business Powerhoop NZ.

POD applications closing soon!

Diagram explaning the Point of Difference (POD) youth incubator programme.Applications are closing soon for our third Point of Difference (POD) youth incubator programme - be in quick!

We’re looking for future change-makers aged 17 to 24, who want to make a difference by helping to end mental illness discrimination.

We’ll help them turn their creative ideas into action and develop leadership skills, through mentoring, workshops and awesome industry contacts. It’s also an opportunity to connect with like-minded people.

We’re keen on anything from visual arts, videos and websites to drama, writing or other out-of-the-box ideas. If mentoring is your thing, we’re also keen to hear from you!

Applications close Friday 30th June 2017. Successful applicants will be announced on Monday 10th July.

Visit the POD website to find out more and to apply. You can also email pod[at]

Run the New York Marathon for mental health

Runners in the New York Marathon.Now's your chance if you dreamed of running of the New York Marathon! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run the world's largest marathon while raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

Imagine yourself running the New York Marathon and crossing the Central Park finish line on 4th November 2017 knowing you've helped a great cause.

You’ll make unforgettable memories and run next to some famous sites, all while raising funds to help ensure no New Zealander faces a mental health problem alone.

We only have 10 spaces available - so hurry!

Contact the Fundraising Team to find out more (09 623 4810 or

Find out about other events to take part in.

Final word: Thank You

A big thank you to the David Ellison Charitable Trust for their donation towards reprinting several of our resources. We’re looking forward to restocking How to Get Heard: Talking to your parents, Men and Depression, and our Five Ways to Wellbeing poster.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Keen on running a fundraising event? Contact the Fundraising Team at the Mental Health Foundation (fundraising[at]

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ
PO Box 10051
Dominion Road
Auckland 1446

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