The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service includes mental health and well-being considerations across its programmes and projects. It works with communities to build resilient, supportive and safe communities.

There is a strong relationship between mental and physical well-being. One in five New Zealanders experience a mental health-related issue.

When people feel that they belong, are valued, can contribute and have control over their lives, their mental health improves.


The All Right? Campaign

The All Right? Campaign is a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation and Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha Canterbury that seeks to normalise conversations around mental health and mental wellbeing.

Since 2013 the campaign has had a measurable impact on New Zealanders who have utilised All Right’s tools and resources: 77% of respondents said All Right? messages make them more aware of looking after their well-being, and 47% have taken action as a result of what they have seen or heard. 


Tools and Resources from the All Right? Campaign: 

Te Waioratanga 

Te Waioratanga celebrates teao Māori with a focus on the traditional practices that support hauora and wellbeing. Practise Hikitia Te to feel more present in the moment or try a printable Whānau Activity with your tamariki.  

Click here for more information on Te Waioratanga 


Simple tips for feeling good 

Based on Five Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Whā, these tips on calming activities, ways to stay engaged with the community, and more, are important reminders when it comes to mental well-being. 

Click here for simple tips for feeling good 


Not All Right? : Online courses and apps for mental wellbeing  

This page is full of online resources for when times are tough. In addition to national helplines, Not All Right offers: 

  • Staying on Track, is a free online course that teaches you how to support your mental and emotional health. 

  • Mentemia: Groov by Mentemia is an app developed by All Blacks legend and mental health champion Sir John Kirwan designed to help monitor and improve your mental health.

Click here to visit All Right? : Online courses and apps for mental wellbeing  


Parenting Guides 

These printable PDFs feature a variety of how-to's for parents on topics relating to mental well-being: how to help kids manage worries; how to support our rainbow kids; how to help kids with differences & diagnoses.

Click here to visit the Parenting Guides 


Mental Health Foundation’s ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing:

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Click here to visit the Mental Health Foundation's website to learn more

Local directories for finding community 

Connecting with the community is vitally important to our mental well-being. We’re social creatures who find fulfilment in sharing genuine connections with others. Sometimes, not knowing where to look for community is the biggest barrier to connection. 


Online community directories are a great place to start when seeking connection with others who share your interests locally:

Click here to visit The Found Directory website - a local initiative managed by Volunteer Nelson. You can browse organisations by category, like Arts, Heritage and Culture, or Recreation and Hobbies, or search by keyword, like ‘writing’ or ‘parenting.’  

Click here to visit the Citizens Advice Bureau website - they have physical locations in Blenheim and Nelson, but they also offer an online Community Directory to search for community groups both nationally and locally.  

It’s Nelson and Marlborough NZ are the places to look for local events, classes, workshops, and readings. 

If you’re not looking for a group or event focused around a particular interest or would prefer to start your search for events and groups in-person, Wellby’s Talking Cafes are a great way to meet with others in a relaxed environment. These are gatherings in cafés and libraries where everyone is welcome to have a cuppa and a chat.