Wellbeing and resilience

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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.

Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Keep learning, Take notice, Give and Be Active.

Kiwis encouraged to get some Me Time

Mental Health Foundation media release: 13th September 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is sharing it’s newest campaign – Meh Time to Me Time.

“We’ve noticed that this lockdown has been a lot harder on people than others,” says MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson. “We’re hearing it from essential workers – who aren’t getting the same levels of thanks and kindness they were in previous lockdowns – from people who are really struggling in their bubbles alone and from people who are in bubbles with others but are still finding lockdown is incredibly hard.”

Kiwis have used lots of words to describe how they’re feeling – anxious, overwhelmed, hōhā, over it. At the end of the day, it all came down to one word: we’re all feeling a bit meh. And that’s totally understandable.

“We know it’s hard to find the headspace, time or energy to do something big for their mental health right now,” Mr Robinson says. “And we get that. So we’re asking them to do something little but powerful. Take some of that meh time and turn it into me time. Some time that’s just for you, to do something you want to do.”

People in bubbles alone might be thinking they get nothing but me time. Mr Robinson says the most important reminder that it’s vital for our wellbeing to feel like we’re in control of our lives and how we spend our time, so reframing how we spend our time is a powerful tool.

Me time is great for our wellbeing. It helps manage feelings of stress, anxiety and depression and helps us feel happier and more satisfied with our lives.

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We work together to increase our communities’ mental resilience and reduce their risks of mental illness.

World First All Right? Campaign

Who always brightens your day? Our neighbours (MNH0262E).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.


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Small Steps make a big difference.


Campaign aims to highlight mental health issues

Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. A new campaign aims to highlight mental health issues faced in a variety of industries.

We Bounce Back from mental health charity Voices of Hope, involves a series of video interviews who all speak candidly about the challenges they’ve faced with their mental health while touching on resilience and the impact of a pandemic.

Voices of Hope regularly receives messages from schools, students and teachers wanting to incorporate conversations about mental health in an education setting. So the We Bounce Back’s campaign content will be released alongside a resource kit produced for schools to utilise and assist with furthering mental health awareness.


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.


Page last updated: 18/10/2021

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