Videos for Pasifika and Māori people on depression and anxiety.
On this page you will find the following videos:
- Welcome by Eroni Clark
- Welcome by Dr Te Kani Kingi
- What depression and anxiety look like
- Suggestions for recovery
- Witi Ashby Tauparapara
- Kaumatua advice
- Dr Te Kani Kingi Whanaungatanga
- Traditional healing approaches
- Personal stories
Welcome by Eroni Clark
Welcome by Dr Te Kani Kingi
What depression and anxiety look like
The Pasifika communities living in Aotearoa come from many different cultures and speak a range of languages. While that makes our lives richer, it can be tricky when it comes to talking about difficult things, like mental health. For many of our communities there are strong feelings of shame and guilt around mental health problems. These feelings can make it hard to open up to our families, elders or friends.
If you can’t talk to anyone about what you are going through, it’s easy to stay away or hide your feelings from those who love you. But if you find someone to talk to, things will start to get better.
Suggestions for recovery
For many of us, family is important to us, as is our faith. Being part of church and other community groups can help us feel like we belong. And when things get really hard, it’s usually them who are there to help. These connections to family, friends, and other groups can be a big source of strength. These are the people who care about you and will want to help you feel better. While it’s good to have the support of family or friends, sometimes you might want to talk to someone who doesn’t know you or knows a lot about mental health.
Witi Ashby Tauparapara
Dr Te Kani Kingi Whanaungatanga
Traditional Healing Approaches
Buck got back to the gym to help cope with the loneliness and grieving he felt after becoming separated from his kids. Eight years on, he’s still training, and with the support of others he’s been able to overcome his depression. (Depression.org.nz, 2016)
Vito learned to give his mind a break through music. After discovering that he wasn’t the only person feeling out of control and isolated from his culture, he was able open up, talk about his depression, and find ways through. (Depression.org.nz, 2016)
Accepting support from whānau helped Ngaro after his marriage left him grieving the loss of his kids and home. After getting through his depression with support from friends and his psychologist, he learned how to help others. (Depression.org.nz, 2016)
When Jamie started to kōrero with others after losing both his eyesight and his vision for Māori, he found strength. Eye surgery and support from whānau and friends allowed him to carry on his mission, and overcome his depression. (Depression.org.nz, 2016)
With the support of whānau, and strategies from her doctor, Donna learned to deal with the grief and trauma of her first child’s delivery. Post-natal depression had got in the way of her caring for her baby. (Depression.org.nz, 2016)
Bernard's depression story
Bernard's wife left him the same day his mother died – Bernard replaced his lost relationships with food and alcohol, follow him as he tries to turn his life around. (Faultline Films NZ, 2010)