Mental Health Awareness Week at Youth Horizons

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30 September 2019

We spent a great week in September focussing on our mental health and well-being as an organisation. Following the guidance of the Mental Health Foundation, we used Te Whare Tapa Whā (the Māori health and well-being model) to focus each day of the week on a different aspect of our well-being. We started the week focussing on whenua (connections to the land and roots), and each day after that, we looked taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being), taha tinana (exploring our physical well-being), taha whānau (family and social well-being), and taha wairua (spiritual well-being). Staff around the country took time to share ideas of what they do to focus on all the aspects of their mental health and well-being.

One team had a borrowed massage chair in their 'chill-out space', one office held a funky shoes morning tea, and one team received seedlings to plant to connect them to the whenua. Some very creative ideas came about!

Massage Funky shoes
Napier crew Seedlings