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Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) between 23 and 29 September is an opportunity to explore the experiences, actions, relationships and surroundings that uplift our mental wellbeing.
Mental health and wellbeing is something for everyone to treasure and look after. Sometimes there are things that impact our mental health and wellbeing that we can’t control and this can make life difficult. Exploring the ways you can feel good is a useful tool to help you manage the ups and downs of life – at home, in the community, at work and beyond.
MHAW is underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā, a model designed in 1984 by leading Māori Health Advocate Sir Mason Durie.
Throughout MHAW you and your whānau, school or workplace can explore wellbeing through Te Whare Tapa Whā – a Māori model of health that helps us identify where we need extra support. It 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. Connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation. When all four walls and the foundation are strong, we feel strong, too.
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