Mental Health Awareness Week

18-24 September 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 - Five Ways Five Days

Life can feel like a rollercoaster at times. Mental Health Awareness Week is a timely reminder that there are simple things we can do to boost our mental health as we navigate through life’s ups and downs.

2023’s Mental Health Awareness Week focused on Five Ways to Wellbeing – take notice, give, be active, connect, and keep learning.

Over the course of the week, there were several chances to ‘grab a cuppa and tune in’ to on-line conversations hosted by Chief Mental Health Officer, LTCOL Stephen Kearney.

Missed a webinar?

Click on the links below to catch up on the webinars you missed.

Time for a mental health check-in?

Wondering if you need professional help? You can find some helpful guidance here. Click here for information on what to expect if you ask for help, and here to bust some common mental health myths.

You can also follow these hotlinks for quick and anonymous self-checks on your currents levels of resilience, anxiety and depression, and the health of your relationships, along with suggestions for improving these.

Need support?

If you are ever worried about your, or someone else's, mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or your local Defence Health Centre doctor.

Other options include:

- Call NZDF4U Wellbeing Support on 0800 NZDF4U (0800 693 348) or text 8881 for confidential 24/7 support.

- Your local NZDF Social Worker.

- Your local Defence Chaplain.

Supporting a mate? Find some tips here.