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Sir Peter Blake liked to wear his red socks for good luck, and during the America’s Cup challenge of 1995 New Zealanders supported the boat by putting on their own red socks.
Today, Sir Peter’s lucky red socks have become a symbol of kiwi spirit and Red Socks Day is a chance to celebrate leadership in action, what it means to be a New Zealander, and to remember a kiwi legend.
Sir Peter Blake was tragically killed on December 5th 2001, and ten years on the Trust strives to keep his memory, spirit and values alive for future generations of New Zealanders. Red Socks Day is an opportunity to remember this fallen hero and the contribution he made to our nation and our planet, and to re-tell his story for those who were too young to remember.
When a colleague takes his own life…
One Friday morning, radio breakfast host “Butt Ugly Bob” was chatting on-air about his upcoming surfing weekend. The next day his colleague Mike Puru took a call to say Bob was dead.
In this frank and moving video, Mike talks about his reactions and “if onlys” during that time, and how his ‘second family’ of work colleagues came together to support each other. He offers ways that workplaces can help their staff cope when there is a suicide, how to check in on workmates you are concerned about, and what to do when you need to talk about it.
If you would like to talk to someone after watching this video, contact Lifeline (NZ)0800 543 354.
Video from the SPINZ website - www.spinz.org.nz
My name is Jessica Keppel and I am a Masters student at the University of Waikato. My topic area is human geography and I have chosen to investigate the intersections of health geography, psychosocial and critical perspectives on men’s experience of anxiety and depression. I became interested in the topic after noticing mental health campaigns in New Zealand and the advertisements on TVNZ by John Kirwan. I was then made aware of the various autobiographies by sportsmen such as John Kirwan and Mark Richardson. My research examines the relationship between men’s mental health and place/space(s). I will investigate the ways in which different spaces may affect men’s mental health and how men relate to mental health promotion. My goal is to re-image the ‘kiwi bloke’ and to create a greater awareness of men’s mental health issues as they are affected by places. I am looking for male participants to interview and to record a solicited diary. Participants must be currently well and aged eighteen years or over. If you would like to know more about the research, or would like to participate in the research, please email email@example.com.
From MHF ebulletin 11th May