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Trusted mental
health information in
Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

... creating hope

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The anti-bullying angel

Chatting to Karla Sanders immediately boosts your zest for life and puts some faith back in humanity.

She initially called our proposed...

Help can be hard to find when you grow up takatāpui

"I've always been this big gay loud person,” says Cameron Kapua-Morrell. And he says growing up that made him a target for bullies.


Taihape farmer opens up about depression

Taihape farmer Dan Mickleson has spilled his heart out on Facebook after a second bout of depression and has been overwhelmed by the...

Shearing to support other families

When John and Pat's son Michael died last year, the community was "just fantastic, we had a lot of support from the people around here,"...

Ministry of Health says relief is coming for packed mental health crisis beds

Programmes are on the way to deal with the "pressure" on the mental health system, which has resulted in a squeeze on beds for patients in...

590 beds for 13,000 mentally ill

Hospital beds for people suffering from extreme mental distress are stretched to breaking point, with demand for places double that of...

Nelson post-natal depression support group thriving after funding crisis |

An organisation that helps mothers to cope with post-natal distress is thriving after it was hit by a funding crisis which almost forced...

Story behind Raven's songs on the street

After 12 years of walking past Rex Warbrick performing on Levin's main street, Horowhenua Chronicle reporter Ashleigh Collis decided to...

Massey University vet students pose nude for fundraising calendar

While some opt for fundraiser chocolates or cake stalls to raise money for their end of year celebrations, one group of students choose to...

Struggling Kiwis are not alone

OPINION: Last night, Jono Pryor's emotional tribute to a close friend who died by suspected suicide touched many New Zealanders.


Nigel Latta opens a critical national conversation in The Hard Stuff

Duncan Greive watches The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta, TVNZ’s new series that boldly explores some of the most complex issues facing New...
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Cheeky calendar

Cheeky calendar

A group of Massey University students have devised a cheeky way to raise money – stripping down for a naked calendar.

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