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Brodie Kane

Fair Go’s Brodie Kane is joining other high profile New Zealanders in Stepping Forward.

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Run4Mind

When sisters Jennalea and Rachael Laycock start running the entire length of New Zealand in September, they’d like hundreds of people behind them.

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Lit and Co.

Being a teenager has never been easy – but a bright group of girls from Rangi Ruru Girls School in Christchurch are making things lighter for kids their age.

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Villa Maria College girls

A simple, stylish idea for a Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme in Christchurch is reaping rewards for buyers and sellers alike.

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Hamish and Juliet

Picture a rustic, rural setting, a majestic tent filled with ornately dressed tables, with 60 or so guests, a dapper groom, a stunning bride, with horses, donkeys, goats, cats, dogs and a cow looking on.

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Mindnet

Debbie May

Cantabrian Debbie May is very familiar with new beginnings.

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Jenni Marceau

Jenni Marceau is the first to admit that she is not the worst affected by the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

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NZ Defence Force

Strict, disciplined and staunch are three words that immediately spring to mind to describe the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

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Mindnet

George Gribbin & Emily Arps

Cantabrians Emily Arps and George Gribbin have secret identities. When called on, they voluntarily don large foam-rubber heads and become two of the All Righties.

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Joanna Mathers

Joanna Mathers’ first ever ribbon day was a personal triumph. It wasn’t just that she and the handsome Thomas won several ribbons. For Joanna, it had taken 35 years to realise her childhood dream.

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Kate Leslie

Singing has long been part of the busy life of Kate Leslie.

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Michael, Meleofa and Kairangi

When New Zealand Management Academy students offered to give their time for a two-week telemarketing campaign for Pink Shirt Day, they got more than they bargained for.

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Mike Sheeran

It’s hard to believe Mike Sheeran, a 26-year-old fitness and Zumba instructor, was once the kind of kid who asked his mum to write notes for him to get out of physical education at school.

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Mindnet

Aaron Hapuku

Aaron Hapuku recalls little in the school curriculum, or the media, celebrating positive Māori identity when he was growing up.

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Jacqui Cameron

When Jacqui Cameron of Whangarei saw former X-Factor judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon verbally abuse a contestant’s choice of clothing, she thought to herself: this is wrong.

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Adrienne and Chris Atkinson

We have all, at some stage, day-dreamed about giving up our day jobs and running away to a sunny, tropical island.

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Karley Johns

Karley Johns and daughter Melany have both been bullied. Karley was kind enough to share their story.

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Tabby Besley

Twenty-two-year-old Tabby is no stranger to stigma, discrimination or mental distress. Since coming out as bisexual in her teens, the Wellingtonian has seen a lot of stereotyping and myths around bisexuality.

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Katie Christison

Nearly every time Katie Christison has ever felt low, she’s either dyed her hair or got an “out of it” haircut.

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Duncan Woods

One drizzly afternoon in 2010, Christchurch teacher Duncan Woods was out running when he spotted people across the park gathered around a crash scene.

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Bec Stanley and Linda Tisch

One day while clearing a weed called blue morning glory with three others on Auckland's North Shore, Birkenhead Point resident Linda Tisch felt anything but glorious.

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Mindnet

One for the Blokes

When it comes to discussing emotional, mental and social wellbeing, it’s not always easy being male.

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Jules Lawton

Jules Lawton was unprepared for her new neighbourhood when she moved back to the Waikato, after living in Auckland for 32 years.

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Lorna Streat

At 93, Lorna Streat’s life is full of connections – most of them within her own neighbourhood and many on or near the same patch of ground she has been living on for the past 68 years.

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Brooke Williams

To many people, a successful acting career means a celebrity lifestyle with glitzy parties, red carpet premieres, fancy cars and oodles of cash.

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Michelle Fourie and Courtney Ogle

Sovereign marketing specialists Michelle Fourie and Courtney Ogle would be the first to tell you: there are more innovative ways to volunteer for a charity than simply jingling a bucket.

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Glenn Marvin

Glenn Marvin is pretty darn serious about fundraising. He's been known to run a full marathon in a tuxedo on at least two occasions.

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Aaron Chamberlain

When Aaron Chamberlain signed up for the Auckland Round the Bays and saw he could support a charity, it was an easy choice to run for the Mental Health Foundation.

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Lynne Russell

For those who have experienced it, the pain of losing a loved one to suicide is indescribable.

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Jistar Konia

Jistar Konia doesn’t know why his younger brother Rowdel Flyger killed himself.

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Mindnet

Alaina Gronn

Home to Alaina Gronn is a small village a stone's throw of Fielding in the central North Island. Her journey to these rolling hills, with alpaca and sheep, comes with a story of health struggles.

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Sophie McKellar

It's no small feat for a young woman with dark, almost waist-length, pre-raphaelite tresses to shave all her hair off.

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Nick Askelund

When 27-year-old Nick Askelund lost his brother to suicide in 2014, the way that he looked at the mental health of those around him completely changed.

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Louise Clark

Louise Clark has never worked in retail before, yet she stands confidently behind a timber bench top held up by two piles of timber blocks greeting customers and chatting happily about her new shop.

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Robyn Perkins

Mal Law has inspired nearly 300 runners to join his High Five-0 Challenge for at least one day each. One of those courageous people is Robyn Perkins.

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Sheree Veysey

As I was struggling my way over the Harbour Bridge during a 10km race, I thought about all the ways a race had parallels with what I need to do to keep myself well as I run through life.

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Wini

Wini's family has enjoyed Forget the Bling Christmases for more than a decade.

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Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is glad to be living out of the big city, especially at Christmas time.

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Colleen Pye

Forgetting the Bling is something with which Te Puke’s Colleen Pye is very adept. For many years she enjoyed hosting fun-filled family Christmases after her elderly parents moved in with her.

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Margaretanne Roger

Having a tranquil place to come home to is important to Northland clinical psychologist Margaretanne Roger.

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Sandy Turner

Since launching in February 2013 the All Right? campaign has developed a loyal and dedicated following in Canterbury. One such fan is Sandy Turner – educator, clown doctor, and road cone wearing cyclist.

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Jo Ashcroft

After shuffling her way around the Auckland Marathon in 2014, Jo Ashcroft vowed that three marathons in one lifetime was enough.

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Joyce Leevard

Joyce Leevard lives in Auckland and has worked part-time for The Werry Centre as a National Youth Consumer Advisor and is also on the Like Minds, Like Mine Youth Advisory Group.

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Deborah Romero

When Deborah Romero participated in a Like Minds workshop in Waihi and shared her personal story with participants, her audience was blown away by her courage in coming forward.

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Mal Law

There's no rest for Mal Law. He runs inhuman distances, climbs to impossible heights, every day.

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Katina Hughes

To honour her brother’s memory and help others with experience of depression, mum-of-three Katina Hughes has run 21km for the Mental Health Foundation... twice.

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Elisha Fleming and Iona Mellor

Two Tasman teenagers have set up a company to help remind those with mental illnesses and their friends and family that they are not alone.

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Craig Bulloch

Craig Bulloch has experience of depression and only stopped himself from ending it all when he saw the effect a friend's suicide had on family.

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Jaycee Maunsell-McMenamin

Jaycee Maunsell-McMenamin’s job as a whanau social worker for Nga Puhi Iwi Social Services in Northland is, as she says, humungous.

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Finn Matheson

Sitting in on a Wednesday after school class at King’s School in Auckland, it’s not hard to spot the slightly bigger samurai – the student with years of discipline and training under his brown belt.

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Wallace Chapman

If you were lucky enough to get an invitation to Wallace Chapman's house you'd be treated to a real old-fashioned afternoon tea complete with pikelets and scones.

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Shirley Waterfield and the Sit Fit ladies

Shirley Waterfield, a lively, fit 79-year-old, who runs a weekly Sit Fit class at the Friendship Club hall in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn.

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Georgia Duder-Wood

Aucklander Georgia Duder-Wood has been singing for as long as she can remember and is a self-confessed "vocal geek".

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Jason Chow

Jason Chow is a high-achieving engineer who works in Auckland’s CBD. With his smart suit and winning smile, he oozes success, confidence and capability, but life hasn’t always been easy.

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John*

I am studying social work and I was fortunate to be part of the Kai Xin Xing Dong pilot project team. This taught me* a lot and helped me understand more about mental health.

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Taranaki teachers

Taranaki teachers are decreasing their stress levels and growing parts of their brains responsible for compassion, memory and concentration.

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Te Papapa Primary School's room four

“Sometimes, my brain is like a snow globe when you go like this,” says 10-year-old Noah*, vigorously shaking an imaginary toy. “It’s stormy, and I can’t see anything properly.”

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Emerson Nikora

Wellington teacher Emerson Nikora (41) is disciplined in making sure he keeps to his lifestyle routines, letting himself unwind and enjoying the important things in life.

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Kate Webster

For Christchurch teacher Kate Webster, playing the Wellbeing Game is a timely reminder to wake up and smell the roses – and a host of other fabulous floral delights!

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Bryan and Bobby

Some of his mates might prefer to call it salmon, but pink is definitely the colour of choice for police officer Bryan Ward.

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Alofia

When 14-year-old Alofia moved with her family from Samoa to Auckland, she thought it was the start of a great adventure.

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Louisa

For Louisa’s mum, her clothes line provided a fortuitous friendship opportunity.

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Anne

Waikato Place is more than just an address for Anne.

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Tufuga Holatu Lagatule

Tufuga Holatu Lagatule is profiled on Boomers, our website promoting mental wellbeing for older people. She lives in a comfortable, quiet Housing New Zealand complex in Papanui, solid enough to have withstood the earthquakes that have damaged so much of Christchurch.

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Sonia Gray

Mental Health Foundation Ambassador Sonia Gray is adamant that connecting with others is important not just for her, but for all 11 of her book club friends. It's more about sharing than reading...

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