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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: April 2018

Wednesday, May 02, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising, physical activity, bullying, prevention, maori

In this issue of In Touch:

  • We speak with Gina Giordani from the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) on her experience with mental illness and how it's fueled her passion to help others. She's currently working on a new community grants scheme, offering grants of $3000–$5000 to community groups to develop and deliver projects to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion.
  • We are so proud to launch our Te Reo Māori resources for Pink Shirt Day. We know bullying can affect you at mahi or in kura so we hope you'll support this kaupapa by joining the movement! Learn more below about our slogan and design for these new resources so you can celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Friday 18 May.
  • Have you always wanted to walk or run for us in a marathon? We're looking for a team of runners for the Auckland Marathon in October 2018. Raise $1,000 as a fundraising runner and you'll get your Auckland Marathon entry free! You can choose from 5km, 12km, 21km or 42km! Last year we had our biggest team yet of 250 people running and representing mental health.
  • Purchase an Entertainment Book full of discounts around New Zealand! 20% of each sale comes back to the MHF.

Naku iti nei,
From the Mental Health Foundation team.

Experience fuels passion to help others

MHF Community Engagement and Health Promoter Gina Giordani lives with bipolar and says doing work she's passionate about gives her a real sense of purpose and direction.

Gina was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 years old. She doesn't let it define who she is or what she can achieve, and she has a fantastic support system around her including her husband, GP, therapist and psychiatrist.

Gina’s work has also helped to keep her well. She's currently working on a new community grants scheme as part of Like Minds, Like Mine programme. The scheme offers grants of between $3000–$5000 to community groups to develop and deliver projects to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion.

“I’ve definitely experienced stigma and discrimination in my life and I know that sometimes it’s not intentional and is simply that people don’t understand, so it’s awesome that these grants will help to raise more awareness and understanding.”

Te Reo Māori Pink Shirt Day

We are proud to announce the launch of our Te Reo Māori Pink Shirt Day resources

We worked alongside Rangatahi from Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust in South Auckland. They provided guidance and created the kupu (words) for our Te Reo Māori slogan:

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu. Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora. Whakaweto te Whakaweti!
Translation: Speak up and speak out. Stand together in life and wellness. Put an end to bullying.

Our Māori resources feature a waha (or a mouth). The waha represents having the mana and strength to speak up and stand together through our kōrero to stop bullying.

These resources are digital only, so print and download our brand new poster and email signature today.

Join the Pink Shirt Day movement of rangatahi and whānau if you're yet to sign up and support this kaupapa!

Pink Shirt Day Māori campaign email signature.

Get involved: Events to take part in

Join team mental health in the Auckland Marathon! The marathon isn't until October, giving you six months to train. Last year, we had a team of 250 who raised $200,000 collectively! Raise $1,000 and get your entry free!

We have just two spots left in the New York Marathon MHF team! This epic road marathon is on 4th November 2018 so inquire today.

Learn more about these and other MHF events.

Order your Entertainment Book from MHF

Broaden your horizons with the Entertainment Book! Be inspired, discover new eateries, get discounts on food, entertainment and attractions. Purchase the 2018/19 Entertainment Book (or app) and start saving today.

There are books for Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown – which is great if you have holidays planned and want to get some great deals.

Preview the 2018/19 Entertainment Book and order yours today. 20 percent of proceeds from sales support the MHF!


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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