Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is run annually and is marked in over 150 countries at different times of the year.

In New Zealand, MHAW is from 21–27 September 2020 and the theme is Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata.

This year hasn’t been easy. Many of us have had to reconsider the experiences, actions and surroundings that make us feel good, stay well and uplift our wellbeing.

Whether it’s taking some downtime, soaking up the mauri of the ocean, getting out for a hīkoi in the bush, taking notice of the beauty around us or building on the manaakitanga that’s helped us get through together, this year we've really tuned into the simple things that matter and that strengthen our hauora/wellbeing.

MHAW is a chance to build on the simple things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves, and this year we're asking you to reimagine what wellbeing looks like – together.

The 5 MHAW 2020 whakatauākī are:

  • Whānau/recharge with others: Ehara taku toa i te toa taki tahi, engari he toa taki tini. My strength is not that of one but that of many.
  • Wairua/rediscover everyday wonder: He oranga ngākau, he hikinga wairua. When it touches your heart, it lifts your spirit.
  • Whenua/return to nature: Ko te whenua ko au, ko au ko te whenua. I am the land and the land is me.
  • Tinana/refuel your body: Mauri tū, Mauri ora. An active soul for your wellbeing.
  • Hinengaro/refresh your mind: Ki te wātea te hinengaro, me te kaha rere o te wairua, ka tāea ngā mea katoa. When the mind is free and the spirit is willing, anything is possible.

Te whare tapa whā

MHAW is underpinned by Te whare tapa whā, a Māori framework that describes wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with 4 walls and a foundation, which are all interlinked. Developed by leading Māori health advocate and researcher Sir Mason Durie in 1984, it helps us identify where we need extra support.

Each day of MHAW is inspired by one of the 5 aspects of Te whare tapa whā. Reimagine your wellbeing through the whare by exploring each aspect as we move through the week together. 

Te reo Māori version of the theme  

He tirohanga anamata means a glance into our future. It recognises Māori wellbeing principles and philosophies of past, present and future, and welcomes the notion of progressing forward, together. Learn more about how He tirohanga anamata revisits Te Whare Tapa Whā as a navigation tool for reimagining wellbeing together.

Learn more

Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Foundation, NZ, 2020