Mental health Awareness Week
September 21 - 27 2020
(due to Covid-19 there will be no public Mindfulness Community Awareness Event this year)
Te Whare Tapa Wha
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK THIS YEAR IS UNDERPINNED BY TE WHARE TAPA WHĀ, A MODEL DESIGNED BY LEADING MĀORI HEALTH ADVOCATE SIR MASON DURIE IN 1984
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.
Over MHAW we'll explore each part of the wharenui and give you practical ideas for how you can reimagine your wellbeing so you, your whānau and Aotearoa can thrive.
RĀHINA / MONDAY: WHĀNAU
Recharge with others: Whiria te muka tangata
Taha whānau is the people we care about, who recharge us and make us feel we belong. Whānau isn’t just our immediate relatives. It includes our friends, hoamahi/colleagues, iwi or community – the people who are close to our hearts.
How can you recharge with others today?
RĀTŪ / TUESDAY : WAIRUA
Rediscover everyday wonder – Whāia ngā mīharotanga o ia rā
Wairua is about taking notice and appreciating the beauty around us. It’s about rediscovering things that make us feel awe, hope, strength, unity and connection. For some, wairua is faith or a higher power. Sometimes our wairua isn’t strong and we encourage you to think about what wairua means to you and ways to strengthen it. When your wairua is strong, it’s easier to feel good, cope with challenges and build strong whānau relationships.
How do you take notice and rediscover everyday things around you?
RĀAPA / WEDNESDAY: WHENUA
Return to nature – Hono ki te taiao
Whenua is our connection to the land. It’s soil, plants, animals and people – tangata whenua. It’s the earth through which you are connected to your tūpuna/ancestors. Whenua is a place of belonging and it’s comforting that it is never too far away.
Can you return to nature today?
RĀPARE / THURSDAY: TINANA
Refuel your body – Whakamarohi i tō tinana
Taha tinana is about how your body feels and how you care for it. Refuelling your body helps you to feel mentally well. Sometimes your tinana might not be where you’d like it to be and this might be beyond your control. What’s important is that you do what you can to nurture it.
How you can refuel your body today?
RĀMERE / FRIDAY: HINENGARO
Refresh your mind – Whāngaia tō hinengaro
Taha hinengaro is your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. Just like your physical health, your hinengaro needs to be nurtured. Hinengaro is what you do to stimulate and refresh your mind so you can better cope with the ups and downs of life.
Can you take a moment to stimulate and refresh your mind today?
Dig deeper into this year's themes:
With daily winners plus one prize or
Nikon Z 50 Mirrorless camera (RRP $1899)!
Post photos of your Mindful experiences each day on Facebook, twitter or Instagram #MHAWNZ (age limit of 13 and over)
Try some Mindful Colouring and prizes of $100 in the children's
Last year's 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week Event
A Mindful Cuppa and Labyrinth Walk
drop-in 10am - 3.30pm
Mindful Walking and Mindful drinking and eating are versatile yet powerful ways to settle our turbulent thoughts and emotions and ease into our bodies and the simple flow of the present moment.
For millions of people who practice mindfulness it is one of the things they make time to do every day. It is not a big deal or something difficult to do – but it does involve one thing that can be very, very challenging for us as we rush through our busy lives. Pausing - slowing down and choosing to notice exactly where we are, in any given moment.
When we train in mindfulness skills we learn to Pause and do this many times during the day. It can be as little as 30 seconds. But it involves actually stopping. Un-hooking from the world of thinking inside our heads and paying close attention to what is actually present in that moment....
Not your plans for tomorrow, not what someone said to you yesterday, not the constant chatter of that little voice in your head - but the world that is there around you.
Put aside your thinking and worries for a little of your day and just allow your body to soften and relax as it moves in its natural ease through some simple daily activities.
This is one of the many little mindful moments we can choose to put into our day - that have the power to re-wire our brains for better mental health and unlock our natural well being!
Good reads! https://mhaw.nz/explore/good-reads-2/
Some NZ Research on the topic: