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Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is this week, and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is encouraging New Zealanders to take this opportunity to CONNECT with the people in their lives who may be feeling lonely and isolated.
CONNECT, one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, is the official theme for MHAW 2013.
“Connecting with others is the most powerful tool we have for feeling happy and mentally well,” says Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy & Development at the MHF.
“The recent Wellbeing Index showed that only 30% of Kiwis are connecting socially with others more than once a week. Many people are inadvertently isolating themselves because they have so many competing demands on their time, but the effects of loneliness on both physical and mental health are too serious to ignore.”
Isolation not only contributes to depression, but can often make the experience of having depression more severe, and hinder recovery.
Brain scientists know that having strong social networks improves brain health – people who are connected with others perform better on memory and cognition tests. They are also likely to be less stressed, have stronger immune systems and better quality of sleep.
“Connecting is not only good for your wellbeing, but it provides a boost to the people you’re connecting with, too” says Hugh. “It’s a really generous way of taking care of yourself!”
Some people find the thought of socialising with strangers frightening, but Hugh says that connecting doesn’t just mean organising large parties or joining a sports club.
“Smiling at shop assistants, patting a cat, or thanking your bus driver are all little things that we could all do, and they provide a meaningful boost to our wellbeing,” he says.
Organisations around the country are busily organising MHAW celebrations. From a mass dog walk in Southland to a hui in Northland, Kiwis from all walks of life are connecting with the MHAW message.
“Feeling close to, and valued by other people is a fundamental human need,” says Hugh. “It seems so obvious, but maybe it’s one of those common-sense things that we all need to remind ourselves to do more frequently.
“Start small, maybe by making one non-business phone call a day. You’ll notice the difference in your mood very quickly!”
Check out the MHF website for tips and ideas on how to connect with the people in your life and a comprehensive list of MHAW activities nationwide.
You can also CONNECT with the Mental Health Foundation on Facebook. Throughout MHAW we’ll be sharing tips on connecting, and awarding prizes for the best CONNECT ideas. Visit the official MHAW website, www.mentalhealth.org.nz/mhaw for more information.
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Saturday 26th October 2013
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I spent a great day on Saturday at Ted X Auckland ( www.tedxauckland.com ). This years event was light years away from last years, as you would expect from something that promotes ideas that are worth spreading.
There were a huge range of speakers, around 20, with strong messages of making change, and asking for help. The key is always that you can’t do it on your own, but you can have your own ideas that others will support especially when you ask.
Some stand out moments for me included Jimi Hunt opening with a talk which including him sharing his experience of depression, Joseph Michael with some amazing photography and Brian Sweeny talking about world changing New Zealand.
If you ever get an opportunity to go do.
This is from a band called Devil Skin. They played at the HisBiz launch a few years back. This song, Never See the Light, is a tribute to a guy they knew who committed suicide.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013, 11:26 am
Press Release: Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand
Preventing Māori suicide focus of upcoming webinars
15 January 2013
For many, New Zealand’s high suicide rates – especially for Māori – can seem overwhelming. Suicide among Māori is a complex issue, and most people don’t know how they can help.
For those who want to learn about Māori suicide prevention, a free series of live and interactive webinars will be broadcast in 2013.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is hosting the three webinars in collaboration with the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori, Victoria University of Wellington.
The webinars will address the issue of Māori suicide from an indigenous perspective. Presenters are respected Māori who will speak from their own personal and professional experiences in Māori suicide prevention.
“We hope that these webinars will increase understanding of what can be done to prevent suicide, and increase viewers’ capacity to help vulnerable people in their own whānau and communities,” says MHF Chief Executive Judi Clements.
The webinars will appeal to any one interested in Māori suicide prevention, including kaimahi/professionals from a range of sectors who work with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, hāpori Māori and individuals.
“Whānau is pivotal… it is the key to suicide prevention,” says Dr Nicole Coupe, who will be co-presenting the third webinar in March with Dr Lynne Russell.
“For Māori, culture is the centre-point of being connected… whānau will bring them back to their language, their whakapapa, their whenua, their marae. Connecting Māori with whānau is how we can bring them back to life.”
The webinar series will be an “an important platform and vehicle for examining how we respond to Māori suicide as whānau, hapū, and iwi,” says Keri Lawson-Te Aho, presenter of the first webinar.
The webinar schedule is:
• Preventing Māori suicide: What do we need to do? 29 January 2013 with Keri Lawson-Te Aho from 12:30 pm – 1pm
• Preventing Māori suicide: Involving whānau and community 19 February 2013 with Di Grennell and Michael Naera 12:30 – 1pm
• Preventing Māori suicide: Improving care and intervention 19 March 2013 with Dr Nicole Coupe and Dr Lynne Russell. 12:30pm-1pm
Webinars are online seminars which allow presenters to interact with an audience live over the internet. Find out more and register for the webinars online at http://www.spinz.org.nz/page/323-webinars
About Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand (SPINZ)
Founded in 1999, SPINZ is a non-government, national information service promoting high quality information and resources to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities.
Part of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, SPINZ is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide its services, in alignment with the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan.
The SPINZ website (www.spinz.org.nz) has a wealth of resources available to people who are in crisis, as well as those who wish to learn about suicide prevention, or how to respond when someone they know is at risk.
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