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Blokes needed for wellbeing project

4 March, 2014

Blokes of all ages and backgrounds are needed for a new project on wellbeing.

With funding support from the Movember Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation is looking at how men access and use information to support themselves during stressful life events.

Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, says the study’s aim is to discover how men seek help when distressed, and what can be done to better reach them.

“Research tells us that many men do not seek information and support in a timely way, and this can obviously have a big impact,” says Ms Clements.

As part of the project, men are asked to complete a short online survey, which has questions about work, friendships and the way they use information and support services.

Focus groups will also be set up during April, which will give men the opportunity to share their thoughts with their peers and the researchers.

The project’s findings will be used to help the Mental Health Foundation and other organisations target their information and better support men going through a tough time.

“We strongly encourage men to take the survey and/or join a focus group,” says Ms Clements. “The survey only takes a few minutes and we will use what we learn to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of all men.”

To complete the survey, visit

For further information, please contact:

Rebecca Proffitt
Senior Communications Officer
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Ph: 09 623 4810 ext 819
M: 022 059 6315

Who’s the daddy

Up to 10 per cent of dads experience depression during the pregnancy or after the birth of their children.

I read about this in a research article from Australia’s Deakin University. I was surprised – not so much with the 10 per cent figure, but with the topic. After all, it’s not something that is often discussed or explored. Traditionally there has been little support for men to manage a change, such as becoming a dad.

In recent years we’ve seen the role of men and fathers often challenged. Men are becoming more engaged in child care – a return to pre-industrialisation where the whole of the family took responsibility for children. In the current global economic recession an increasing number of men are choosing to stay home to look after the kids. Many men are also looking to balance the demands of work with the role of being a dad.

We all know that men are important in bringing up children, especially boys and finally there is a growing range of supports available. Soon to be dads can ask questions and understand what a new baby will mean to them and their lives.

, The following links provide some great information and resources for dads.

DIY Father
Started by three Wellington dads, DIY Father is an interactive forum for fathers that offers practical information about parenting from a dads perspective.

Great Fathers
This website, started by a Taranaki father, is aimed at helping dads understand their baby and what to expect when their baby comes home. It includes a great DVD resource called In Your Hands – a gift for new dads.

Violence Free Tairawhiti Music Video
Check out Tairawhiti Men Against Violence’s music video calling for us to break the silence and stop family violence.



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.

Blokes and depression
(2013, June). National Radio.
Katherine Ryan’s interview with Jimi Hunt. A few years ago Auckland designer and entrepreneur Jimi Hunt was in a pretty dark place. His design business was suffering and he was hiding how dreadful he felt from his friends. One man’s battle with depression and the fun fundraising efforts that have helped him, such as building the world’s biggest waterslide.


This Men’s Health Week, 10 – 16 June, fill out the ‘What’s Your Score’ survey and find out your annual health score!

Visit your local participating pharmacy for a free Men’s Health Pit Stop Check!

Check out our Events Page for more information.

Meet some of the high profile New Zealand men who have taken control of their own health and hear their stories here.

Men’s Health Week 2013 is proudly sponsored by Registered Master Builders, Caltex, Nature’s Own and Pit Stop. It is also supported by St Johns, M2 Magazine and The Rock FM Radio Station.

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