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.
Getting Through Together

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.

Community and Public Health seeks to:

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

Where ever you're out - Kathryn (MNH0251C).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

Reference Publications


Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


For more information, contact:

Ph:+64 3 364 1777

Anna Reihana
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

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

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: 23/04/2021

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