This year's theme is Five ways, Five days - proven tools to boost our mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an important reminder that we all go through ups and downs in life and that's OK. There are simple things we can all do to help us cope when things feel tough. 

We'll share a Portal News story every day during the week - highlighting each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We'll also share a video each day featuring our colleagues in Te Kei sharing why each way is important and how they put the Five Ways to Wellbeing in to practice for mental health and wellbeing. 

The Five Ways may seem like simple things to do, but together they are proven to help boost our mental health when we need it. 

We all experience hard times in our life and it's always OK to ask for help.


The Mental Health Awareness Foundation is hosting webinars during the week:

Tuesday, 19 September: The Five Ways to Wellbeing: Fostering a productive & thriving workplace culture

  • Join Shaun Robinson (CEO, Mental Health Foundation), Dr Nathan Price (Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager, New Zealand Rugby), Charlotte Ward (Chief People Officer, Kiwibank) and Dr Fiona Crichton as they talk about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how this helps us show up at work as our best selves.

  • Register to attend here(external link)

Friday, 22 September: The Five Ways to feeling good and functioning better 

  • Join Jase Te Patu (mental health advocate and Voice of Groov) and Dr Fiona Crichton (VP Behavioural Science, Groov) as they speak about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, and the relationship to Groov's 6 Pillars of Mental Wellbeing, and Te Whare Tapa Whā. They'll also share why small daily actions are important for our mental health and wellbeing, both at work and at home. 

  • Register to attend here(external link)

Download Mental Health Awareness Week resources

The Five Ways of Wellbeing

  • Monday
    • Take Notice | Me Aro Tonu - refers to the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be thought of as open and receptive attention to, and awareness of, what is occurring in the present moment.

  • Tuesday
    • Give | Tukua - Give refers to actions based on kindness, altruism, or generosity. Carrying out acts of kindness boosts our happiness, life satisfaction, and overall wellbeing.

  • Wednesday
    • Be Active | Me Kori Tonu - Widely recognised as being crucial for physical health and fitness, being active is also a powerful mood booster. Being active can not only make us feel good, it also enhances our thinking and learning abilities.

  • Thursday
    • Connect | Me Whakawhanaunga - Connection is the ngākau/heart of our wellbeing. It weaves us together, making us feel seen, heard, and understood. When we nurture meaningful connections with others, we fuel our own happiness.

  • Friday
    • Keep Learning | Me Ako Tonu - Keep Learning refers to ‘exercising our mind’ – almost like taking our brain to the gym. Any activity that challenges our thinking and expands our consciousness improves ourability to think.

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