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Mental Health Awareness Week

Kereama Carmody - Master Plumbers / Masterlink Wellbeing Coach shares his update:

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and managed to have a bit of a rest. This week is Mental Health Awareness week and it's a good time to check in on your own mental health and that of others.

 I’ve been doing a few Wellbeing workshops around the country recently and the Tapa Wha model of Wellbeing is always a bit of a hit. It’s a simple framework you can use to think about where you’re at with your own mental health and overall wellbeing.

The four pillars are Tinana (physical), Wairua (beliefs and values), Whanau (family/connections), and Hinengaro (thoughts and feelings). How are you faring in each of these areas in your life? If one of these areas is not so good, you are most likely feeling a bit yucky. For example, I’ve been having some disagreements with family just lately and this has been putting some strain on my mental health. I’ve had to refocus and try and mend the connection. Your challenge for this week is to try and keep the four pillars connected because remember, one of the pillars can fail at any time and bring the whole house down.

Another challenge for you this Mental Health Awareness week is to look around you and reach out to someone that you think is struggling with one of four pillars. Maybe offer to have a yarn and catch up for a coffee. Remember, follow your intuition if you’re worried about someone, and double check in if they tell you they’re OK at first.

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