Mental wellbeing vital

Mental Health Awareness Week this month is an opportunity to reflect on, and redefine and rediscover what wellbeing looks like, during COVID-19 and beyond. HPF is urging Kiwis to start spreading the word now and to get involved in the annual event, which is timelier than ever with rising uncertainties and stresses caused by the re-emergence of Covid-19 in the community. The theme for the week which is run by The Mental Health Foundation from September 21 – 27 is ‘Reimagine Wellbeing Together: He Tirohanga Anamata’. “Given the challenges of Covid-19, it is timely to pay attention to, and to promote mental wellbeing, an equally important dimension of our holistic wellbeing,” says HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi. “Unemployment and increased financial needs can really test our resilience, especially at the individual and family level. It is therefore important to create and maintain a ‘supportive environment’ for all, as the Ottawa Charter suggests, and to take a whanau-collective approach, as articulated by Te Whare Tapa Wha.” Each day of the week is inspired by one of the five aspects of Māori health model, Te Whare Tapa Wha. You can watch a video on ‘Te Whare Tapa Wha, Covid-19 and Maori Health Promotion’ at   (And don’t forget to subscribe!) Get the word out and get involved by registering at