Te Puna Hauora Ki Tauranga Moana
We follow that with a splash of inspiration from Te Puna Hauora (ki Tauranga Moana), celebrating World Mental Health Day on 10 October last year at the QE2 Centre. It looks like they really pulled the stops out for this one, with funky hip hop manoeuvres and engaging stalls. Always good to see people out there raising awareness and promoting whanaungatanga!
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION DAY 10-10-2019
Three years ago, our organisation decided to be responsible for ourselves to run our own mental health awareness activities at times and places that suited ourselves, including themes. We select a week that suits us, and our kaupapa from the start has been to give out to organisations and groups that assist us to support the whānau who use our services. Prior to 2019, we have held BBQs and games at beaches or in parks and invited people like the homeless, men’s shelter, people with disabilities and others who use our services. They have been great days and fun for everyone. For that whole week, we provide morning teas to our Hauora and other groups who support our services.
Tuakana and Teina TNT Rangatahi group, Atawhai and Emma who hosted an exhibition table
of their rangatahi leadership group.
The 2019 Event
In October 2019 we decided to run a mental health promotion day in and for the community, focusing on whanaungatanga and networking and searching for and participating in your own wellbeing. We also found out that 10th October was World Mental Health Day which is for NGO’s around the world, so we emailed them. We also kept our networking to NGO’s.
There were at least twenty organisations who held promotion tables, exhibiting a wide range of health and wellbeing activities that attendees could participate in or try at QE2. Over the time the exhibitions were open – from 10am to 2 pm - there would have been at least two hundred people, including children and adolescents present. Live music and free sausage sizzle were also drawcards. It was an exciting and fun atmosphere with young and not so young, participating in mau rakau, yoga, hip hop and kapa haka. Outdoor activities were tug of war, gumboot throwing, potato and spoon race with a balloon between knees and other games.
Prior to the event, stall holders were informed that there would be prizes for the ‘best dressed’ table so there was lots of bantering, teasing and a keen edge of competitiveness before it all opened and then more fun began for everyone. A great day and lots of good feedback.
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