Reimagine wellbeing together during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th September 2020. This year hasn’t been easy. Many of us have had to reconsider the experiences, actions and surroundings that make us feel good, stay well, and uplift our wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is therefore more timely than ever! It’s an […]

Ask for help and support during Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. COVID-19 has turned a lot of our lives upside down and it may have changed how people gamble. The focus for Gambling Harm Awareness Week (1st to 6th September 2020) is to acknowledge this has been a tough year and that help and support is available. FREE counselling sessions are […]

Influenza: Don’t get it, don’t give it

Influenza is caused by different strains of influenza viruses. Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with influenza or ‘flu’ each year. Influenza can be anywhere, and is highly contagious. Immunisation is the best protection against influenza. Your flu symptoms are less likely to be severe even if you still catch influenza after immunisation. […]

Women asked to ‘give their cervix some screen time’

Young New Zealand women are being encouraged to look after their cervix in a powerful new media campaign designed to encourage regular cervical screening from 25 years of age. The ‘Give your cervix some screen time’ campaign launches nationwide from Monday 24th February 2020 and seeks to help women (and anyone with a cervix) feel […]

Cantabrians’ wellbeing continues to improve

Canterbury’s latest wellbeing indicators show that most people continue to rate their quality of life highly. A major update to the Canterbury Wellbeing Index was released today by Canterbury District Health Board. The Index uses data from many different local and national agencies, as well the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey, to bring together information about wellbeing in […]

Canterbury Resilience Hub: A one stop shop for health and wellbeing support

The Canterbury DHB has launched the Canterbury Resilience Hub website – a central point for health and wellbeing advice and practical support services information. The Canterbury Resilience Hub website was established following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on 15th March 2019. “Many people were deeply affected by these events. Canterbury DHB recognised the […]

New All Right? campaign reminds us we are all in this together

A new All Right? campaign reminds Cantabrians that in tough times we can go through a range of emotions, and we all work through them in our own way and at our own pace. All Right? mental health strategist Ciaran Fox says tough times affect each of us differently. “It’s all right to feel upset, […]

Check for health warnings before going near waterways

Recreational water users are being reminded to avoid contact with some Canterbury and South Canterbury waterways. “Many of these waterways have been in bloom for some time now and will continue to be so with the warm weather we have been experiencing” says Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey. Find out about current potentially […]

Know the signs of stroke: Think FAST

Around 24 New Zealanders have a stroke each day – about six of those are aged under 65. A stroke will strike suddenly. Damage will move through the brain fast. But you can help if you know the signs to look for, and think and act fast. FACE – Is their face drooping on one […]

Health risks of nitrates in drinking water

Nitrate (NO3) is a compound that is formed when nitrogen combines with oxygen. Sometimes high amounts of nitrate get into drinking water. Typical sources of nitrate include: fertilisers, animal wastes, particularly in areas of intensified farming, unreticulated sewage disposal systems, and industrial and food processing waste. Nitrate is highly soluble in water, making it readily transported through […]

Some emergency kits a recipe for disaster

It could be the little box that saves your life, which is why authorities are warning Kiwis to be wary of pre-made emergency survival kits after our consumer watchdog found some lacking. Consumer NZ released a report on 28th April 2017 saying that some pre-made survival kits on the market they tested were more of […]

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