This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is all about rediscovering the things that make us feel good. It's an opportunity for us all to re imagine what wellbeing looks and feels like – during Covid-19 and beyond.
Below is an article reproduced in full from the The Mental Health Foundation about what MHAW is all about this year:
Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata
This year hasn’t been easy. Many of us have had to reconsider the experiences, actions and surroundings that make us feel good, stay well, and uplift our wellbeing.
Whether it’s taking some downtime, soaking up the mauri of the ocean, getting out for a hīkoi in the bush, taking notice of the beauty around us or building on the manaakitanga that’s helped us get through together – this year we've really tuned into the simple things that matter and that strengthen our hauora / wellbeing.
MHAW is a chance to build on the simple things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves, and this year we're asking you to reimagine what wellbeing looks like – together.
Te Whare Tapa Whā
MHAW is underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori framework that describes wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls and a foundation, which are all interlinked. Developed by leading Māori health advocate and researcher Sir Mason Durie in 1984, it helps us identify where we need extra support.
It describes health as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.
Each day of Mental Health Awareness Week is inspired by one of the five aspects of Te Whare Tapa Whā. Reimagine your wellbeing through the whare by exploring each aspect as we move through the week together.
Te Reo Māori slogan
TIROHANGA: View, sight, aspect, glance
ANAMATA: Time to come, hereafter, the future
HE TIROHANGA ANAMATA: A glance into our future
He Tirohanga Anamata means a glance into our future. It recognises Māori wellbeing principles and philosophies of past, present and future, and welcomes the notion of progressing forward, together. He Tirohanga Anamata revisits Te Whare Tapa Whā as a navigation tool for reimagining wellbeing together.
Whakataukī / Whakatauākī
Whakataukī are proverbs and poetic forms of Te Reo. Whakataukī are sayings that become settled over time, through constant repetition from the time they were was first exclaimed right up to the present day. The word whakataukī can be split into whaka (to cause), tau (to be settled) and kī (a saying). Whakataukī are used in a range of contexts in Māori such as whaikōrero to support the speaker in making a point and aligning the present with the wisdom of tīpuna/tūpuna.
A whakatauākī is a proverb where the original speaker is known.
The five Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 whakatauākī are:
- Whānau / Recharge with others: Ehara taku toa i te toa taki tahi, engari he toa taki tini. My strength is not that of one but that of many.
- Wairua / Rediscover everyday wonder: He oranga ngākau, he hikinga wairua. When it touches your heart, it lifts your spirit.
- Whenua / Return to nature: Ko te whenua ko au, ko au ko te whenua. I am the land and the land is me.
- Tinana / Refuel your body: Mauri tū, Mauri ora. An active soul for your wellbeing.
- Hinengaro / Refresh your mind: Ki te wātea te hinengaro, me te kaha rere o te wairua, ka tāea ngā mea katoa. When the mind is free and the spirit is willing, anything is possible.
MHAW is a reminder that we all have mental health. It's a taonga/treasure and something to look after! When your mental wellbeing is strong and your workplace is safe, supportive and inclusive, you will feel more engaged in your mahi, be more productive and have higher morale and job satisfaction. When you look after your wellbeing, your whānau, friends, hoamahi/colleagues and communities are uplifted too.
Of course, sometimes there are things that impact our mental health and wellbeing that we can’t control and this can make life difficult. It’s important to acknowledge it has been a difficult year as a result of COVID-19, but with challenges comes opportunity. Now is a chance to reimagine a workplace that prioritises mental health and wellbeing.
Each day of MHAW has a theme inspired by one of the five aspects of Te Whare Tapa Whā – a Māori model of health that describes health as a wharenui/meeting house that helps us identify where we need extra support.