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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


Positive experiences in open employment of mental health service users
What is this study about?

The aim of this research is to identify the factors that contribute to the positive and successful employment experiences of mental health service users.

Are you a mental health service user in open employment?
If yes, we would like to interview you and your employer.

Open employment means regular jobs (part time or full time) which are either permanent or contracted. For this project we are not wanting to interview people using supported employment services or who are working in mental health services as a peer, consumer advisor or lived experience practitioner.

Our definition of mental health service users is people who are using primary or secondary mental health services (e.g. GPs, NGO services, DHB mental health teams) on a regular basis or from time to time.

Each interview will take about an hour at a place and time of your convenience.
How do I take part?
If you are interested in taking part in the study, or would like some more information, please contact:
Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number:- 07 8235025/ 021 134 6816
Email Address:
[This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee. Reference: 14/022]

If physical illness/ injuries where treated the same way as mental illness.

If physical illness/ injuries where treated the same way as mental illness.

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