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Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is a chance to build on the simple things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves this year, and to reimagine what wellbeing looks like – together.
Whether you're looking for new ways to refuel and recharge, or you have wellbeing tools in your kete/basket to share, we hope you’ll join us this Mental Health Awareness Week to Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata.
MHAW is a reminder that we all have mental health. It's a taonga/treasure and something to look after! When you look after your wellbeing, your whānau, friends, colleagues and communities are uplifted too.
Of course, sometimes our sense of wellbeing might feel strong, and sometimes it might not – and that’s okay. That’s a completely normal part of being human. Doing the things that make you feel good is a useful tool to help you manage the ups and downs of life.
If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or worry, reading books about the issue can help you better understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing or to explain issue and feelings to children in a sensitive, understandable way. You will find some good recommendations here. If you enjoy reading novels, you are also helping your well-being by reducing stress and improving your mood.
To learn more about MHAW on the website or visit the library for some great reads.