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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: August 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising

New Zealand Police detective JP Carré shares about his experience with depression and his training for the full Auckland Marathon.

After taking some time out for herself, farmer Wendy Coup rediscovered her love for classical singing! We speak to her about her journey back to wellbeing and the importance of work-life balance.

"Nature is Key" is the Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) theme for 2017.
Check out the theme and pre-order your MHAW resources!

Have you seen our latest animated video for Take the Load Off, as part of the new Like Minds, Like Mine online campaign? It features a young student called Hannah who has experienced anxiety, depression and anorexia, and how her friends do simple things to show they care about her.

Finally, we have an update for you about two new suicide bereavement resources.

Naku iti nei,
From the Mental Health Foundation Team

Policeman's road to the Auckland Marathon

Auckland Police detective JP Carre.Police detective JP Carré is on a mission to raise awareness of mental health while running for the Mental Health Foundation.

JP was 26 when he first hit rock bottom. He had his first depressive episode when he was overseas and had to return to New Zealand.

He sees the world much clearer today and has his wife and children to thank for that. JP says that while mental illness is common, it’s not common enough that New Zealanders feel comfortable talking about it to each other. He wants to change that.

“My biggest message is to take care of yourself so it won't lead to something more severe."

Getting the balance right

Sheep and beef farmer Wendy Coup and dog on the farm quad bike.Sheep and beef farmer Wendy Coup talks to us about her journey to wellbeing.

Wendy loves her farm, but one day when she delved deep into her heart and head she discovered she was out of balance.

So she decided to rebuild her life – she rediscovered her passion for classical singing which helped her regain some balance. "It brings me a lot of joy. What it gave back to my family and business was the woman and the mother that they love,” Wendy says.

She also has a daily journal to record joyful moments on the farm and is regularly on her mountain bike, training for an upcoming adventure race.

New video for Take the Load Off campaign

Still from Hannah's story: an animated video for the Take The Load campaign.A young Wellingtonian student called Hannah who has experienced anxiety, depression and anorexia, features in our latest animated video as part of the new Like Minds, Like Mine online campaign, Take the Load Off.

Take the Load off focuses on the simple things people can do to help friends or family living with a mental illness. Hannah talks about how hard it is to hear people use words like "crazy" and "psycho", but how her friends and flatmates do simple things to lighten the load and show they care about her.

“It might be a buying me a block of chocolate, inviting me to go for a drive or leaving a nice note under my door… It’s so important to have people in your life who can hold onto hope for you and love you when you can’t do that for yourself.”

New suicide bereavement resources

"Comment or No Comment" is a guide to deciding whether to speak to media after losing a loved one to suicide - now available to download or order on our webstore.

We've also launched a new After a Suicide website, offering friends, whānau and family practical information and guidance after a loved one or someone close to them dies by suicide.

Get involved: Events to take part in

Find out about other fundraising events all over NZ that you might like to take part in!

Thank you to our wonderful fundraisers

  • Radio Tarana – $2,336
  • Lissa Mitchell's Sh'Bam fundraiser – $3300
  • Wise Women wellbeing event – $600

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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