At one with nature theme for Hamilton mental health event

Life Unlimited joined other health providers in Hamilton’s Garden Place last week to raise awareness around mental health issues.

Heading out doors and being one with nature was a key theme for Mental Health Awareness Week along with understanding the importance of good nutrition, social interaction, physical activity and occupational wellness.

Life Unlimited’s information advisor Tinihua Nassar said it was a great opportunity to interact with other providers and the community who braved the cold winds and rain.

“It was a very moving experience to hear the guest speakers, who included family members of people living with mental illness, as well as people living with mental illness themselves, talk about their lived experiences.”

The crowds were entertained with live music and poetry, stories of recovery and also the challenges mental health issues bring, she said.

Mental Health Awareness Week ran from 23-29 September. The theme was “Explore your way to wellbeing – Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora”.

The 2016/2017 New Zealand Health Survey found that one in six Kiwi adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives.

 

WHERE TO GET HELP

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

Youthline: 0800 376 633

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Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)

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