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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: July 2018

Wednesday, August 01, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising, mental wellbeing

In this issue of In Touch:

  • Rodney Martin is couch-surfing his way through the year while studying and working part-time in Dunedin. Rodney tells us what made him do it and why choosing to fundraise for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) was important to him.
  • Kiwi cyclist John Randal is completing the Tour de France track one day ahead of the actual race. John tells us about his own experience with depression and how Team Mental Health is getting on in France.
  • Have you been hanging out to hear our Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2018 theme? Keep reading to see our special announcement!

Register for updates and you'll be the first to know about our new workplace challenge, photo challenge and colouring competition, and when our resources are live.

Naku iti nei,
From the Mental Health Foundation team

Couch-surfing for a cause

Rodney Martin first came up with the fundraising idea of couch-surfing when he was housesitting in January and was sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

The 25-year-old Otago University student says it made sense to give up the comfort of a bed and put the money he would normally spend on a flat towards something meaningful.

Rodney has slept on 12 couches so far in 2018 – hosted by fellow university students in quintessential Otago flats – and has raised over $4,000.

Cycling Tour de France

Eight New Zealand cyclists are currently biking their way through Tour de France one day ahead of the actual race, and raising money for the MHF as they do it. The challenge includes all 21 stages of Tour de France and covers approximately 3000km of riding.

One of the riders, John Randal, features in the video below which is filmed in France. John has experienced depression for most of his adult life and says cycling has played an important role in managing it.

Mental Health Awareness Week is back

It’s that time of year: MHAW is back on 8th to 14th October and we’re pleased to share the 2018 theme that’s been kept under wraps!

The MHAW 2018 theme is: Let nature in – strengthen your wellbeing!

From learning about native birds and picking herbs from the garden to seeing the sunset from the kitchen window, we saw how you embraced naturelast year. So, this year we wanted to remind you how it can grow, support and nurture your wellbeing!

During MHAW, we’ll be giving you tips on how to use the Five Ways to Wellbeing within nature – these are five simple actions you can use everyday to boost your wellbeing.

Register for MHAW updates to hear when our resources and competitions are live! Watch out for further updates next month.

Get involved: Events to take part in

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

Learn more about other MHF events you can get involved with.

Thank you to our supporters


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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