The University of Otago is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) which is being held from 21 to 27 September with the theme:
- Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata
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 (Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, 2020).
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 (Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, 2020).