The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service includes mental health and wellbeing 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 wellbeing. 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 wellbeing, 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 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.  

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

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


Mental Health Foundation’s ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’:

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Local directories for finding community 

Connecting with community is vitally important to our mental wellbeing. 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. 

The Found Directory is 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.’  

Citizens Advice Bureau has 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.