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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: February 2017

Wednesday, March 01, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, mental wellbeing, fundraising

In this issue of In Touch:

  • Morgan Storrie shares her story about depression – when she was first diagnosed, how she got help and the exciting new challenge she has on the horizon.
  • Get a giggle out of the group of Massey University vet students who've banded together to produce a naked calendar to raise funds and awareness for us.
  • Find out how you can get involved in Neighbours Day Aotearoa and
  • Check out our amazing events to take part in.

If you're looking for discounts throughout the country on restaurants, accommodation, family outings and a whole lot more, then the 2017/2018 Entertainment Book is perfect.

Once again, we are fundraising through selling the Entertainment Book (due out in April), and we have a great offer for you.

Pre-order your Entertainment Book now from the Mental Health Foundation and receive bonus vouchers that you can start using today!

Thank you for your support.

Naku iti nei,
From the Fundraising team at the Mental Health Foundation.

The power of a helping hand

Morgan Storrie with her mum.Morgan Storrie (pictured with her mum) knew something wasn’t right when she came home from school, sat down on the floor and bawled her eyes out for no apparent reason.

“I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me, why am I crying’? I had everything in life – a loving family, an education, friends, food on the table, a roof over my head. I didn’t have anything to be sad about,” recalls Morgan, now aged 26.

“I was 18 years old, and went from being a happy, outgoing teenager to not wanting to do anything.” Luckily for Morgan, her mum recognised she may be experiencing depression so took her to the doctor.

Students raise money with cheeky calendar

A group of Massey University students have devised a cheeky way to raise money – stripping down for a naked calendar.

The Barely There calendar has been put together by third-year vet students for the last 11 years. It’s a huge tradition that third-year vet student, and class representative, Samantha Christian was stoked to take part in.

“There’s a lot of skin but I would describe it as a tasteful, naked calendar. It’s really exciting to be a part of. It’s a great class bonding experience too,” laughs the 20-year-old.

Each year the students pick a different charity to receive 10 percent of the proceeds. This year they chose the Mental Health Foundation for its work with Farmstrong.

Show some love on Neighbours Day!

Neighbours Day Aotearoa (26–27 March) is all about encouraging people to get to know their neighbours.

Whether you live in the suburbs, an apartment, or in the sticks, Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a great opportunity to extend the hand of friendliness and get to know your neighbours a little better.

There's lots of ways you can get to know your neighbours – organise a BBQ, take some baking round or invite them over for a cuppa.

Get more ideas, activities and resources on the Neighbours Day Aotearoa website.

Get involved: Awesome events to take part in

We have a number of awesome events around the country to take part in to help raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

Coming up in March:

Other events later in the year include:

View a list of all the events you could take part in.


Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Keen on running a fundraising event? Contact Keshlar Inglis at the Mental Health Foundation (fundraising[at]mentalhealth.org.nz or 09 623 4810 ext 862).

You can also visit the Get Involved page on the Mental Health Foundation website as we have some fun events coming up.

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ
PO Box 10051
Dominion Road
Auckland 1446

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