The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week, which started
yesterday, is ''Connect'', recognising ''we are stronger when
we pull together and are connected to someone or something'',
the Southern District Health Board says.
The week aims to raise awareness and understanding of mental
health concerns so there is less stigmatisation and people
are more comfortable asking for help if they need it, health
board spokeswoman Louise Travers said.
''The Mental Health Foundation has also focused on ways we
can reach out to connect with those around us to be healthier
''The foundation website has a lot of suggestions and on how
we can connect with other people, groups, colleagues or
communities in ways that can benefit our own mental health,
as well as looking out for those around us.''
Wakatipu mental health staff aim to ''connect'' with senior
citizens on Wednesday and the community on Friday.