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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: March 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, mental health, fundraising

Did you know that every year you can claim back one-third of your donation to the Mental Health Foundation?

The Mental Health Foundation have teamed up with Smart Donation to make it easy for you. You can have your rebate paid into your bank account OR you can share the love and nominate to donate it back to the Mental Health Foundation.
Visit the MHF donation rebate page for more information.

In this issue of In Touch:

  • Ben Sherwood tells us about his innovative fundraising venture – folding origami paper cranes to raise money and awareness for us.
  • Barbara West shares her story about depression, how she got well again and the exciting new challenge she has set herself.
  • Check out our new Open Minds online resources that help managers have the confidence to talk about mental health in the workplace.

Remember to get involved in an awesome event to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

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

One wish granted for 1,000 paper cranes

When Ben Sherwood had a spare moment at work he put it to good use by doing something unusual – folding origami paper cranes.

Ben's goal was to raise $1,000 for the Mental Health Foundation and he recently reached that target. For every dollar he raised, he folded one paper crane.

He set up a Give-a-Little page and is thrilled to have reached his goal.

“In Japanese culture, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes you are granted a wish. My wish is that mental illness is something that is openly talked about in society without any discrimination or prejudice,” Ben says.

A new challenge: Climbing for mental health

When Barbara West had her first panic attack watching TV one evening, she had no idea what was happening.

“It was 2012 and I was lying on the couch watching TV and the next second I was sitting up gasping for breath and my heart was beating incredibly fast and I thought, ‘what’s going on?'.”

Barbara is a natural health practitioner in Tauranga. She thought she may be having a heart attack but soon realised it was a panic attack.

“After that I was manic for four weeks. Normally I’m on AA-sized batteries but I suddenly went to being on 18D-sized batteries. My system was full of adrenalin and I was desperately trying to find a reason for it,” says the 57-year-old.

New workplace mental health resources

Mental health is relevant at work because we spend so much of our time there; we bring our whole selves to work and sometimes we go through hard times and need extra support.

Check out the new Open Minds video and electronic resources.

Also check out the great Open Minds posters developed by the Mental Health Foundation to help managers have the confidence to talk about mental health in the workplace.

The Open Minds resources will be officially launched on Wednesday 5th April, following a workshop exploring the skills managers need to have successful conversations about mental health in the workplace.

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 May and June:

Other events later in the year include the:

View a list of events you can 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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