The Lowdown is part of a national public health campaign (the National Depression Initiative) and has been created to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders, as well as being a component of the New Zealand Government’s approach to suicide prevention.
The Lowdown aims to help young people recognise and understand depression. This site encourages and enables them to seek appropriate help, or puts them in touch with trained professionals. Through encouraging early treatment of depression the NDI intends to reduce the impact depression has on the lives of young New Zealanders, now and throughout their adult lives.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
The Mental Health Foundation's work focuses on making mental health everybody's business. What we do is diverse and expansive, with campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. We take a holistic approach to mental health, promoting what we know makes and keeps people mentally well. We provide free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whanau and friends.
We support people facing any kind of tough life situation - whatever the cause and whatever their age. We also assist those wanting to help them.
Traditionally, for Pasifika people, sacred relationships exist between people, as well as between people and the environment, ancestors and the heavens. To nurture the va is to respect and maintain the sacred space, harmony and balance within relationships.
In spirit, we work with those delivering mental health, disability, addictions, public health, suicide prevention, violence prevention, primary prevention and general health and wellbeing services to develop flourishing Pasifika communities who are reaching their full potential.
We believe that the solutions lie within our own communities, so that’s where you’ll find us. We walk alongside churches, sports clubs, education centres and relevant groups with large Pasifika populations to ensure the right knowledge, skills and information is reaching the right people at the right time.
Te Rau Matatini
Waka Hourua; working together in our hapori communities to prevent suicide.
We provide a national suicide prevention information service that aims to improve New Zealanders' understanding of suicide prevention and increase their capacity to help, by providing high quality information and resources. Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand is provided by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, under contract to the Ministry of Health.
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