Mental Wellbeing

Also see the Mental Wellbeing Health Topic page to find out how WAVE can support your ECE/School with Mental Wellbeing.

For more information see:
- Community & Public Health - Wellbeing and resilience
- Community & Public Health - Mental Health and illness
- Community & Public Health - Youth Mental Wellbeing
- Community & Public Health - Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) Mental Wellbeing resources
- Allright? - Campaign designed to help us think about our mental health and wellbeing
- Mental Health Foundation of NZ - Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing
- Mental Health Awareness Week - Registration, events and resources
- Pink Shirt Day - Stand Up, Speak Together, Stop Bullying
- NZ Health Education Association - Mental Health & Resilience
- WAVE - WAVE Newsletter extracts - Health Focus on Mental Wellbeing, 5 Ways to Wellbeing


Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit

The Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit includes fact sheets, tips, tools and templates to make it easy for you to support your teams to build the Five Ways into their daily lives. 

Visit download the Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit



Sparklers is a free wellbeing toolkit full of fun and simple activities to help tamariki learn about their own mental health and wellbeing. Sparklers actively teaches tamariki how to manage big emotions, draw upon their strengths, connect with others and be ready for learning.

Sparklers is designed around a pick-and-mix approach - teachers can choose the activities that best meet the needs of their tamariki, goals and school culture. Used ‘a little and often’, the activities help tamariki live brighter.



Mental Health Education and Hauora - teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing

This is a resource for teaching about mental health, including lesson ideas and activities. There is also a supporting document which gives teaching and learning guidance for two themes derived from activities in the resource.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) partnered with NZ Health Education Association (NZHEA) and delivered hard copies of the book to schools with year 7 students up.   But if you need an extra copy, download yours below. 

Download Mental Health Education and Hauora
Download Mental Health Education and Hauora Themes

Pause Breathe Smile

Southern Cross has joined forces with the Pause Breathe Smile trust to offer a mind health programme to all primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand free of charge. Together they want to equip every child in New Zealand with the tools to achieve positive mind health.