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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: July 2017

Wednesday, August 02, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising

Our new campaign, Take the Load Off, kicked off with a bang this week. Meet Daniel, a former Taihape farmer who thought his friends would think less of him when he realised he had depression. Instead, he found they had ‘total acceptance’ for him and their love and support helped him get through. It’s that easy to take the load off for someone else – you don’t need to have all the answers, you just need to be there and stay involved.

Event organiser of A Family Fair Chia Tierney tells us why she supports the Mental Health Foundation and why she wants mental health to be talked about more openly in her community.

In other news, our Pink Shirt Day 2017 survey results are back. We have plenty of insights to give you about the day and our official tally of how much was raised. Plus Loss and Grief Week runs from 24th to 30th July and you can learn more about it in this update.

We’ve had so many fundraisers who we can't thank enough. Read our thank you list for July 2017 further down.

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

New campaign combats stigma

Cartoon of a group of Kiwis  of different ethncities, genders and ages.Take the Load Off launched this week - a new Like Minds, Like Mine campaign. Daniel Mickleson is a farmer from Taihape who experienced mental illness, and he is the first of three to feature in the campaign.

The campaign is designed and delivered by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on the simple things we can do to reduce the weight of stigma and discrimination for people living with mental illness.

Daniel is a typical Kiwi bloke – he loves the All Blacks, motorbikes and tends to be more reserved than most when it comes to his emotions, he says.

“One day trudging home through the mud, I ground to a halt. I sat down and started to cry. It was all too much and I couldn’t go on. Then it hit me, I was depressed," Daniel says.

“You know if the tractor needs a service, you get the mechanic in. Sometimes you need help and that’s nothing to be ashamed of."

Read more of Daniel's story.

A Family Fair in Orakei Village

Chia Tierney with Sir Graham Henry and Anna Stanley.Chia Tierney (33) decided to create A Family Fair when she noticed her busy community wasn't putting their health and wellbeing first.

Chia's Orakei event was a fun way to encourage her neighbours to think about their wellbeing and to remember loved ones lost by suicide.

“A few of my friends have lost loved ones to suicide and I have family members who live with mental illness, but not everyone feels comfortable talking about it," the mother-of-two says.

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry and former Silver Ferns captain Anna Stanley were at the event signing rugby and netballs. 100% of the money raised was donated to the Mental Health Foundation.

Wrapping up Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day supporters.Pink Shirt Day 2017 was our best year yet. We raised a whopping $81,922 so thank you to everyone who contributed to this massive number!

In June we ran an online survey and it was completed by 296 of our 2017 participants. Here's a snapshot of our results: 

  • 92 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the campaign had supported them to celebrate diversity and create fairer, more welcoming and inclusive environments.
  • 95 percent rated their involvement in Pink Shirt Day as a positive or very positive experience.
  • 62 percent had increased awareness of the impact of bullying on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Sign up for Pink Shirt Day 2018.

Loss and Grief Week

Loss and Grief Week began on Monday 24th July and will continue until Sunday 30 July. The week raises awareness of the impacts loss and grief can have on the lives of young people, whānau and communities.

The week is also a way for everyone to work together and share ideas on how to support people along their journey to heal.

Find out more about events being held as part of Loss and Grief Week on the Skylight Facebook page.

Find out more about Loss and Grief Week.

Skylight Loss and Grief Week: 24th to 30th July 2017.

Thank you to our wonderful fundraisers

  1. Wellington Marathon competitors – $6,075.
  2. The Rata Foundation for bringing the All Right? campaign to Kaikoura – $20,000.
  3. De Laval for fundraising at Field Days 2017 – $4,085.
  4. Chia Thiery's Orakei Family Fair – $6,300.
  5. Winterlude Charity Boxing event competitors – $5,344.
  6. Ride Sunday competitors – $600.

Final words

Find out about other events to take part in.


Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Keen on running a fundraising event? Contact the Fundraising Team at the Mental Health Foundation (fundraising[at]mentalhealth.org.nz).

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

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

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