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TerraCycle – “eliminating the idea of waste” A community lecture by Tom Szaky, Founder & CEO, TerraCycle Inc.
Tom Szaky is an acclaimed eco-visionary and entrepreneur. He dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle, a company that got its start by selling an organic fertiliser made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles. Today it collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of ‘non-recyclable’ garbage in 24 different countries. TerraCycle has been called the “Google of Garbage” by the New York Times and the “The Coolest little start-up in America” by Inc. Magazine. In 2009, Tom published his first book, “Revolution in a Bottle”, his latest book is “OutSmart Waste”.
Thursday 6 March, 5.00 For 5.30 pm Start
AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Room Wg308,
Cnr Mayoral Drive & Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland
No cost, but you must RSVP — go to this link to register online
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.
For more information or comment, contact:
Senior Communications Officer
DDI: 09 300 4425
Mobile: 021 740 454
Feeling sad, stressed or maybe angry?
Life getting you down?
One day just like another?
having relationship issues?
NEEDING something to change?
Man Alive have joined forces with Auckland DHB to offer - MENS WELLNESS TOOLBOX
To help kick start your life again.
Saturday 26th October 2013
10am-1pm Shop 7/8 in the Arcade
100 Queens Road, Panmure
Phone Man Alive : 09 8350509
To register for this FREE workshop