MHAW 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week

Maintaining your health and wellbeing mentally and physically should always be a priority to help you function at your best, but in pandemic conditions, this is even more important.

During Covid-19 restrictions, many of us had to reconsider the things we could do to feel good and stay well. We were finally presented with an opportunity to rediscover together what wellbeing means for us. 
So, whether you've got wellbeing tools in your kete to share, or you're looking for new ways to give yourself a boost – we hope you'll join us to reflect on what we've learned from the hardships of 2020 so far and to think about how we can reimagine wellbeing together as we move forward. 

Reimagine your wellbeing using these resources: 

Te whare tapa whā

The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.


Participate in MHAW and reimagine your wellbeing by exploring each part of the wharenui with these daily themes and practical ideas below. Remember, wellbeing looks and feels different for everyone – there's no right or wrong way to interpret the daily themes.  

Explore each of the daily themes for ideas on how to get involved.

Rāhina / Monday: Whānau - Family 

Rātū / Tuesday: Wairua - Spirit or Soul

Rāapa / Wednesday: Whenua - Land

Rāpare / Thursday: Tinana - Body

Rāmere / Friday: Hinengaro - Mind

More Mental Health Awareness Week Resources

Mental Health in Te Reo

To help form a connection between two important events this September (Māori Language Week and Mental Health Awareness Week), we've collated a series of words, phrases and questions to help boost your knowledge of te Reo in the area of mental health.

Learn Mental Health in Te Reo

Source: These translations were completed by registered translator, Piripi Walker.

The wellbeing photo challenge! 

You can show your participation in MHAW and be in to win daily prizes by entering the Mental Health Foundation's Wellbeing Photo Challenge! 
On each day of the challenge (21-25 September), upload a photo related to the daily theme to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Make sure you use the hashtag #MHAWNZ and tag us so we can see your photo!
Take part and you'll be in to win daily prizes, and the People's Choice Grand Prize: a Nikon Z 50 Mirrorless camera (RRP $1899)! Click here for further FAQs, and read our challenge terms and conditions.  

Free resources

To help everyone in your workplace reimagine their wellbeing, you can print out and display these free postcards from the Mental Health Foundation here. 

Mindful colouring for MHAW

Colouring isn't just for tamariki – it can help to lower stress and anxiety, increase focus, and promote mindfulness. Use this MHAW mindful colouring templates to relax after a busy day of mahi, or to get the creative juices flowing! Simply download and print your copy here to feel the benefits.