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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: June 2018

Wednesday, July 04, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising, physical activity, mental wellbeing

In this issue of In Touch:

  • broadcaster and children's entertainer Suzy Cato talks about her time on TV3's Dancing With The Stars and why she picked the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) as her chosen charity.
  • We speak to a group of forestry managers who each ran 42km to raise money for the MHF and show the importance of workplace wellbeing.

Have you heard about the "Downtime Dice" created by the All Right? team in Christchurch? - a collaborative campaign between Canterbury DHB and the MHF. Downtime Dice feature downtime activities proven to be beneficial for a person’s wellbeing, such as getting outdoors and connecting with others. Each downtime activity has proven feel-good benefits – they’re simple but they work.

Naku iti nei,
From the Mental Health Foundation team

Suzy dazzles on the dance floor for the MHF

Broadcaster and children’s entertainer Suzy Cato says it was an absolute privilege to have danced for the Mental Health Foundation on TV3’s Dancing With The Stars.

The 50-year-old wowed the nation week after week with her dance moves before being voted off in a shock elimination earlier this month.

Suzy says her decision to pick the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) as her chosen charity was an easy one.

“There are so many people who are affected by mental health issues or have friends or family who are, and the foundation does such a great job providing support and resources to help them,” says Suzy, who is an MHF ambassador.

Run Forestry Run!

Paul Burridge, Ross Langley, Cam Eyre, Richard Cook and Josh Johnson are team Run Forestry Run. They ran for the MHF in the Rotorua Marathon this year.

“Most of us work in forestry, and some of us have beards. It made us think of Forrest Gump and his running efforts, and then the name, Run Forestry Run, just stuck,” Paul says.

The men ran the marathon to draw the industry’s attention to the importance of supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Their advice to anyone thinking about running for the MHF in a marathon is to get amongst it. “It’s great positive energy in the build-up and on the day the events are amazing. In the modern world, it’s easy to deviate away from team type activities but experiencing a challenge like a marathon as a team is truly revitalising,” Richard says.

Downtime is good time!

Sometimes we need a gentle reminder that it's okay to kick back and regularly relax.

Just a few minutes of quality downtime can boost our energy, focus, creativity, productivity and happiness. The All Right? team - a collaborative campaign between Canterbury DHB and the Mental Health Foundation - in Christchurch have created the "Downtime Dice" to help you do just that.

Roll the dice virtually for some downtime ideas.

You can also purchase dice for yourself or your workplace.

Get involved: Events to take part in

Join a passionate group of Kiwis running in the Auckland Marathon! The marathon isn't until October so you have four months to train.
 Register today for the MHF team in the Auckland Marathon!

There are plenty of other running events for you to get involved in too:

Starlight Jazz Concert is an event celebrating Matariki in the heart of Auckland - curated by one of our supporters June Hayes and founded on the idea of shared experience and mental health promotion. This event will feature artists such as Whirimako Black and offers an opportunity to engage with the local community around such issues.

Find out about other MHF events around the country.

Thank you to our supporters

  • Everyone who fundraised for Pink Shirt Day 2018. Donations are still rolling in!
  • Suzy Cato for dancing up a storm and supporting the MHF.
  • DHL staff for joining us in celebrating Pink Shirt Day and raising $10,000 over the past year.
  • Tour De France riders who have raised $48,000 so far and are heading to France on 5th July. All the best!
  • The amazing people running Wellington Marathon on 1st July. Together they have raised over $4,800!
  • George Sevicke Jones Estate for the $2,000 grant towards the reprinting of brochures on anxiety, stress, and depression and men.

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

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

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

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  • Ministry of Health
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