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Mental Health Week 2015 : Give your time, your words, your presence.

October 4, 2015

Kiwis are one of the highest givers of their time through volunteering and helping others in the OECD. But we also have one of the highest incidences of suicide in the western world, and 20% of us experience a mental health issue at some time in our lives, according to the Mental Health Foundation.

Unfortunately, in this country, there is still quite a lot of negative stigma attached to those suffering a mental health condition, like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders and more. stigma The push is on to banish the “shame”, shine a light on it, talk about it, and all help each other.

The Mental Health Foundation is promoting the Five Steps to Wellness which incorporates connecting with others, giving your time, taking notice, continuing learning and being active.

Kids can participate in by entering the official Mental Health Awareness Week colouring competition, closing 19 October, with the opportunity to win one of three $50 prezzy cards.  Download at http://www.mhaw.nz

mhaw colouring

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