Improving community mental health and wellbeing

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Mental illness is common, but can severely impact on people’s lives. Recent research found that:

  • Almost half of people in New Zealand will experience of mental distress or illness in their lifetime (47 percent);
  • Over half of the rainbow community will have a personal experience of mental distress or illness (57 percent);
  • Nearly two-thirds of people living with disabilities will experience of mental distress or illness (65 percent);
  • Māori and young adults aged 18 to 24 years also more likely to experience mental distress or illness; and
  • Most people know someone who has experienced mental distress (77 percent).

Source: Mental distress prejudice and discrimination in Aotearoa – Key statistics (Mental Health Foundation 2022).

People with a serious mental illness or addiction experience significantly worse physical health than the general population.

Join us for Mindfulness Month this July and help uplift youth mental health.

Free online therapy courses released in New Zealand Sign Language

Just a Thought has partnered with Deaf creative agency – Deafradio – to provide free online therapy courses to New Zealand’s Deaf and hard of hearing community. This initiative has been made possible with support from the Ministry of Social Development.

Two courses on the Just a Thought platform are available in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). The courses are available online and will teach learners how to manage mental health challenges using proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

  • Mixed Depression and Anxiety; and
  • Staying on Track – a guide to support your wellbeing during times of stress and uncertainty.

The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals spokesperson Linda Guirey says the key for Deaf mental health access and support is language, and mental health information is generally not accessible in NZSL, so Deaf people often miss out on critical education and support.

Linda says “Deaf people have a distinct culture, and for most Deaf people English is a second language so having to access complex information in English written for mainstream society is not a cultural or linguistic match, and is often inadequate.”

A series of free wellbeing resources have also been translated into NZSL are also available from Just a Thought.


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Contact your local office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Ph: +64 3 687 2600

Ph: +64 3 768 1160

For additional information, contact:

Psychiatric Emergency Line
0800 920 092

Depression Helpline
0800 111 757

0800 LifeLine
0800 543 354

0800 72 66 66

Suicide Crisis Helpline
0508 828 865

Need to talk? 1737 free call or text any time.

Wellbeing resources for workplaces

Mental wellbeing is one of the most valuable business assets. Workplaces that prioritise mental health have better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while employees have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction.

Several resources are available to improve or address wellbeing in workplaces:


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Page last updated: 15/07/2024

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