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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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/KW2FT7C.


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
rebecca@mentalhealth.org.nz

Start the conversation today

Lifeline Aotearoa launches next phase of suicide prevention campaign –‘Start the conversation today – Me tīmata te kōrero i tēnei rā!’

The campaign to date has seen the launch of New Zealand’s first Suicide Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) and six television adverts encouraging people to reach out for help, while also showing how suicide affects us all, and is a community issue.

Lifeline will release a series of thirty-five long and short web-whakaaro from Maori and Pasifika community members who wanted to contribute something meaningful about the topic of suicide.

“This next phase consists of a series of web-whakaaro. Whakaaro can mean ‘thought, opinion, idea or gift’ in te reo Māori, which I think captures what this next phase is all about.” says Lifeline CEO, Jo Denvir.

"It’s about positive engagement with members of the Maori and Pasifika community, where we can listen and share together in the many diverse thoughts or whakaaro around this issue.”

This week Lifeline showcases whakaaro from Pacific Inc and Le Va CEO Dr Monique Faleafa, Māori broadcaster and producer Annabelle Lee Harris, Māori actor, writer, poet, presenter and eco-warrior Anatonio Te Maioha and actress Amber Cureen.

The campaign has been running since 2011 and over the past two years Maori Television and tvCentral have picked the TAUTOKO adverts up.

“We look forward to a future where TVNZ and TV3 take up the opportunity to reach out to their viewers as well.” Ms Denvir says. “But its baby steps, you have to go at the same pace as the community, so we can all hopefully end up together in the same place.”

To check out Lifeline’s Suicide Prevention Education web-whakaaro series click here. http://www.livingworks.org.nz/Home_378.aspx

If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide, or if you have been affected by the death or injury of someone to suicide, call 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) for support from trained suicide first aid professionals.

Mood diary smart phone app released

Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:29 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development
Associate Minister of Housing

1 August 2013

Mood diary smart phone app released

The Social Media Innovations Fund has reached a key milestone with the recent release of the Phobic Trust’s mobile phone mood diary app.

“I’m pleased to see the Phobic Trust mood diary app is now available for free from the Apple Store, allowing young people easy access to an innovative tool to help manage their mental health,” Mrs Bennett said.

The Phobic Trust was one of five organisations awarded a one-off grant when the Fund launched in February this year.

“The grants were provided as a funding boost for existing projects aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of young New Zealanders.”

The Phobic Trust app allows people to keep track of the things that cause stress and anxiety in their lives, record sleep and exercise patterns, and provides one-touch access to key contacts in emergency situations.

Other projects to receive funding are progressing well. Youthline’s INSPIRE Me text message counselling pilot started on 22 July, and Zeal’s Live for Tomorrow social media campaign launches this month.

Like the mood diary app, these projects offer a chance for young people to talk about mental health and the things that affect them through relevant mediums like texting, Facebook, smart phones and blogs.

The Social Media Innovations Fund, a key part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, provides $2 million over four years to develop and progress projects that use technology to help combat mental health issues.


As part of the Fund, four Lifehack Weekends were held throughout April bringing together around 100 young people who were given the opportunity to develop solutions to mental health problems.

Judges have reviewed ten video proposals to come from the Lifehack Weekends, and the teams whose proposals are set to move into Lifehack Labs for further testing and development will be announced shortly.

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