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Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, September 21, 2020

It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 21 - 27 September and we're getting in on the action by highlighting the importance of physical activity for mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week is underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori framework that describes wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls and a foundation, which are all interlinked. Developed by leading Māori health advocate and researcher Sir Mason Durie in 1984, it helps us identify where we need extra support.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Te Whare Tapa Whā describes health as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.

The Mental Health Foundation has some excellent resources and activity ideas to help you explore each part of the wharenui, including tips for taha tinana/physical wellbeing.

Our health team leader has also written about the benefits of physical activity for mental wellbeing, and has some simple ideas to help everyone be more active.

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