Mental Health Awareness Week

​I started my week this week unlike any other. At around noon on Monday, I joined a handful of like-minded individuals at Baring Square West for a thirty minute Body Balance & Stretch session on the green lawn. If you want to see us in action, visit to watch the video.

As you can imagine, we were sure to catch people's attention as they drove or walked by at this time day, and that was the intention.

Ashburton District Council, including all service facilities, are putting their support behind the national Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) campaign, which is observed from the 8-14 of October.

This year's theme is, Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing. Mā te Iaiao, kia whakapakari tōu orange! It reminds us how nature can grow, support, and nurture our wellbeing by applying the Five Ways to Wellbeing to everyday life.

The outdoor fitness class idea came from EA Networks Centre Gym Supervisor, Anna Johnson, who not only felt that it would help promote the importance of 'being active' in supporting our mental health, but also to help kick-off the week of commemoration.

If you happen to visit the Council building, Public Library, Museum, and/or EA Networks Centre this week, you may also notice Council staff wearing bright lime-coloured t-shirts – this is intended to catch your attention and encourage positive conversation around Mental Health Awareness.

At EA Networks Centre you will also find a 'Wall of Inspiration' that has been framed up to include positive messages from our community. You too can share your motivational note to inspire someone that may be in need; stop by for a visit.

This week I would like to encourage you to take time to think about the Five Ways to Wellbeing: connect, care, be active, take notice, and keep learning. Imagine the type of community we would be if we all participated in just one or two of these Ways to Wellbeing every day! Learn more about MHAW by visiting​

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