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Men’s health

Over the weekend I have been having a few conversations around the current ‘selfie with no makeup’ facebook explosion to support research into breast cancer.

It is great that social media can now spread causes so quickly and potentially generate donations to increase research. Part of the conversation was around what men could do to support this both as sons, brothers and fathers but also around our own health issues.

The last post on the website was asking for men to take part in a survey around how we look after our own health, which has been the motivation around HisBiz. At times we are not great at asking for help or support. In general men wait much longer to visit a gp than women.

I have definitely seen more awareness being raised for guys with the likes of Movember which supports both mental health and cancer. I suppose you also notice what you notice when you look for media around men’s health.

In June there is a men’s health week which looks to remind men to get themselves checked out and think about lifestyle and health. A few years back we held a men’s health pit stop which was good. Is there any ideas out there around how you would get more involved in looking after yourself? Do you have any ideas around how you could show your support for those fighting cancer or other health issues?

Or could you just fill in the survey for a start?

Are you engaged?

Engaged people are less stressed, happier and more interested in what they do! No – I’m not talking about engagement in the marital sense, but rather in the sense of being there in the moment.

A recent article in Gallup Management Journal stated disengagement can be depressing in a workplace and that better engagement means better health. What’s concerning is that research is indicating 8 to 17 per cent of people in the workplace are disengaged. A true concern for any employer!

The recent economic struggles added to the issue, with many disengaged staff choosing to stay put rather than face the difficult and worrying task of finding other employment. Stagnation then becomes as difficult as staff turn over. This may now be changing as signs in the labour market in some areas are changing.

Disengaged staff can have a negative impact on your business, wider than just their own contribution. There continues to be strong links between engagement and key organisational outcomes. I mean if you’re running a customer focused business, but your staff ‘can’t be bothered’ making sales or talking to clients – that’s not good for business!

Signs of disengagement and depression can often be similar. These can include feeling empty or tired, having a lack of interest, energy or concentration, poor or lack of decision making and generally not being bothered.

The challenge is becomes even greater when the manager/owner/leader is feeling disengaged. How do they find ways to get back to having a greater bond with the workplace? Workplaces should not only be fun and engaging for staff, but for the managers/owners/leaders as well. This can be hard work when no one is helping them to engage.

There’s no magic answer to resolve engagement issues. Sometimes it’s right for people to move on. Other times it’s about creating or finding the challenge to keep people engaged. Here are a few simple ways to keep workplaces engaging:
 take time to listen to those around you
 give and receive feedback
 set out clear plans and a future focus
 outline your personal development/training ideas and do them
 have conversations about high performance and what this means for your business
 understand what makes teams and individuals tick
 have some fun!


Media Release
31st October 2013

A completely new way to tackle depression in New Zealand from the guys that brought you the World’s Biggest Waterslide, Live More Awesome.

The Live More Awesome Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their new depression initiative.

It works like this…sign up to donate $5 every month, you then get to vote on which of the five “gives” you want to see happen. All “gives” are Live More Awesome style events or initiatives to help reduce depression, decrease stress or simply make NZ a happier place. The “give” that gets the most votes each month wins and becomes a reality. You can then volunteer to help make it happen, or, you can just sit back and wait for us to send you the monthly update newsletter that will contain the video of all the good work that your $5 did! You’ll be so proud of yourself, and us, you’ll share that video with all your friends and get them to sign up, therefore providing more money to do amazing things the month after! Didn’t like any of the five things on the list? Suggest your own! If it’s good, we’ll put it in the next vote.
Co Founder Jimi Hunt says…
“We needed a way to get people involved in giving again, to help them feel like they were making a difference. With Gimmie Five, they are. Not only do they get a say in exactly where it goes, but they can actually suggest ideas for the future as well as volunteer their own time.”

With depression affecting as many as 1 in 5 New Zealanders at any one time, this is an issue that needs to not only be approached in a fun and interesting way, but it needs to be talked about constantly in order to remove the stigma of depression in this country.

Gimmie Five went live on the 1st of November.

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For more information on Live More Awesome & Gimmie Five see –

Gimmie Five:
Live More Awesome:
Click here for more information on depression.
LMA Jimi & Dan PR Image:

For all media enquiries including interviews please contact:

Jimi Hunt (Co Founder)
021 020 29618

About The Live More Awesome Foundation:
Live More Awesome is an initiative Jimi and Dan came up over a late lunch one day.

The “Live More Awesome Foundation” is a New Zealand based not for profit formed in 2012 and is a charity that survives like many others on love. We get no funding from the government or any foundations.

Our Mission is to develop a series of programmes & tools to help as many people as we can to “Live More Awesome” lives and subsequently beat depression and improve the mental health of the nation.

1. Develop a “30 Days To Live More Awesome” programme website and material. Actual practical steps for people to start doing to improve their depression without drugs.
2. Release a book showing people who are looking after people with depression how to cope.
3. Raise as much awareness about “Asking For Help” and removing the stigma from depression as possible by throwing amazing events.
4. Develop a programme that puts vegetable gardens into every school in the country.
5. Host the World’s first Mental Wellness event.
6. Implement our “Gratitude in schools” programme
6. Continue being awesome. Inspiration then information.

About Jimi Hunt:
Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the World’s Biggest Waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.

But what none of his friends knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.

Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced it to the world — he would travel the entire 425km length of the Waikato River on an inflatable mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.

About Dan Drupsteen:
Dan has a passion for seeing the upmost potential in others and sparking people to do what they love. He believes that learning to be happy with what you have while working towards your dreams is fundamental to a fulfilling life.

“Having experienced psychosis, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and depression and come out the other side, I have a firm belief that everything is possible. Inspiring others by how I choose to live is my upmost mission in life.

I’m a crazy haphazard experimenter and meticulous researcher. And I love creating new ideas” says Drupsteen.

Situations vacant?

How did you get your last job? Was it via seek or trade me (online job sites), a tip from someone you know, personal networks or by knocking on doors and handing out your cv?

Thousands of people are looking for work each day. What has been the most effective way for you to get your first, next or greatest job?

If you are an employer what are the top things you are looking for and what ways do people approach you? Are you looking for people right now? What would make your life easier around recruiting?

Connecting within our communities

People are stronger when they pull together. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation about how we can connect within our communities.

•Join or set up a neighbourhood group.
•Hold a poetry evening related to connection.
•Organise a street BBQ.
•Attend a community centre open day.
•Organise or attend cultural performances – in a shopping centre or park.
•Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your local area – then organise a group outing to support it.

How are you connecting with your community this week?

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HisBiz is about connecting the business and wellbeing worlds to support prosperous, healthy futures for Kiwi men. It's time to stand up and do something. It's time to put men's wellbeing back in the spotlight.

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