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Why is this work so important?

The Mental Health Foundation believes that together, we can work towards creating a society free from discrimination, where we can all enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. 

We all have mental health. Like other forms of health, our mental health is an asset we can work on, grow and develop together, through the ups and downs of life. But most of the time, our mental health and wellbeing doesn’t just happen by accident. It is affected by how we live, think and what's happening around us.  

While there are things we can do as individuals to improve our own mental health, positive mental health and wellbeing also needs to be supported by creating and promoting safe, strong and supportive communities where knowledge, hope and healthy coping strategies are built and shared. To do this we also need to address systemic threats to mental health and wellbeing such as racism, discrimination, poverty and other forms of social exclusion. 

When you join Mindfulness Month this August, the funds you raise will support the Mental Health Foundation’s policy and advocacy team to: 

  • Push to transform our mental health system to one which prevents problems developing, responds earlier and more effectively and empowers communities and individuals to learn the behaviours that will protect and enhance their mental resilience and wellbeing. 
  • Advocate for systemic change to improve social, economic and cultural determinants of mental health and wellbeing. This includes advocating for secure and safe housing and opposing discriminatory systems. 
  • Ensure our work is informed by tāngata whaiora (people with lived experience of mental distress) through active engagement with these communities. 
  • Action our commitment as a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner by engaging with and being led by Māori, uplifting and amplifying Māori voices, incorporating mātauranga Māori into our work and seeking improved outcomes for Māori.  
Check out some of our previous work here.