Wellbeing and resilience
For Psychiatric Emergencies call 0800 920 092.
Community and Public Health provides population health services and information. We are unable to work with individuals regarding their health issues.
Everyone has mental health and within this, everyone is susceptible to mental distress and or mental illness at times.
Distress, disorder or illness should be seen as subsets of a person’s capacity for mental health and it is important not to define those of us with lived experience of mental illness by our diagnosis.
The greater your mental health, the greater your resilience, and the greater your:
- ability to cope or to adapt and recover from adversity such as illness or distress; and
- capacity to experience and enjoy a fulfilled, meaningful and satisfying life.
There are things we can do to grow our wellbeing, and that of those around us – regardless of whether or not we have lived experience of mental distress or illness.
Community and Public Health seeks to:
- Include mental health and wellbeing in all Community and Public Health programmes and projects.
- Increase community awareness on gaining or maintaining mental wellbeing.
- Work with health and other sectors (such as Education and Councils) to recognise determinants of mental health and wellbeing and to develop mental health promoting practices.
- Engage with the Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast communities in promoting mental health and wellbeing.
- Work with South Canterbury and West Coast youth around mental wellbeing, especially resiliency and social inclusion.
- Work with Canterbury and South Canterbury workplaces to support optimal health for their staff, including mental wellbeing.
- Provide information to the public on both maintaining mental health, and coping with mental illness.
- Provide information to the public on programmes including the Like Minds Like Mine antidiscrimination campaign, and depression awareness projects such as Depression: There is a way through it.
- Support the development of the Community in Mind strategy in greater Christchurch.
- Collect and collate reliable evidence relating to mental health and wellbeing, including:
We work together to increase our communities’ mental resilience and reduce their risks of mental illness.
Digital Small Steps to improve wellbeing
Te Hiringa Hauora/ Health Promotion Agency media release: 19th April 2021
The Health Promotion Agency has launched a new website called Small Steps. It features engaging locally-developed digital tools to help people improve their wellbeing.
Small Steps are a range of digital activities to support people to develop the skills they need to maintain or improve their mental health and wellbeing. The initial six tools focus on positive thinking and mindfulness to manage stress or anxiety, and help for those who are feeling down. The solutions are for all New Zealanders but are geared towards 19 to 35-year-olds and have a focus on Māori and Pasifika.
The tools are free for all users as they are housed on a zero-rated website. This means you won’t use any data when you access this site, and you can continue to access the website if you run out of mobile data.
A further six tools will be added to the website in coming months.
World First All Right? Campaign
All Right? is designed to help us think about our mental health and wellbeing. The campaign is about helping people realise that they’re not alone, encouraging them to connect with others, and supporting them to boost their wellbeing.
Ultimately, All Right? is about starting and resourcing a community conversation about wellbeing.
All Right? is a Healthy Christchurch social marketing project that is led by the Mental Health Foundation and the Canterbury District Health Board.
Resources for the Public
For more information, contact:
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
0800 111 757
0800 543 354
Wellbeing and resilience for farmers and rural communities
Looking after yourself is as important as looking after your farm.
Information Sheets on Mental Health and Wellbeing Topics
Helpful information is available from the following websites:
A variety of issues are covered including grief and bereavement, sleeping well, self-care, and reducing drugs and alcohol.
Five Ways to Wellbeing are now available as posters in migrant languages.