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Take notice and appreciate the world around you

Press Release – Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week – Day Three – Take notice and appreciate the world around you October 10 – 16, 2011
Mental Health Awareness Week – Day Three – Take notice and appreciate the world around you
October 10 – 16, 2011

With the country being gripped by rugby fever and our cherished All Blacks still in the hunt to bring home the Cup, the Mental Health Foundation is reminding New Zealander’s not to forget about their own mental health and wellbeing as they celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme for the week is ‘GET IN THE GAME: Training for happiness’ and is an appeal for everyone to focus on one of the five winning way to wellbeing each day of the week.

“Just like the All Blacks have trained to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared for the challenges ahead, we need to train to keep our mental health at its peak” says Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. “The five winning ways are proven tools that people can incorporate into their lives to support their own wellbeing and that of the world around them.”

Today the call is to Take Notice. Just like your favourite All Black surveys the field and is aware of his surroundings, it is important for everyone to take time out, notice the world around them and reflect on their experiences. Taking Notice can be a simple as visiting somewhere in your local community that you have always wanted to see or showing support for a local community champion.

“We live in a world of increased pace and complexity”, says Clements. “By taking time out to notice, not only the world around us, but how we are feeling, we learn to appreciate what really matters in our lives.”

Taking Notice is about observing those things that you find beautiful and being mindful of them in your daily life.

Mental Health Awareness Week sees a number of exciting events planned throughout the country including music gigs, Zumba fundraisers, a book launch, an art exhibition and much more. A full list of events can be found at our events calendar,

And if you’re looking for something new to wear to the gym, a limited edition range of Get in the Game t-shirts have also been released and are available to order from the Foundation’s online shop,

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10-16 October, and is endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health and marked in over 150 countries.

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