Mental Health Week 2020

Conversations about Mental Health -
An 8 Part mini-doco series.

Mental health week in New Zealand runs from the 21st September to 27th September.

I wanted to take this opportunity to have conversations with local people that I know in the health and wellness industry.

My intention is to showcase a range of people in a range of different wellness sectors and facilitate open discussions about their journey in the hopes that others may be able to relate and in turn, open up conversations among their own peer groups.

Mental health is nothing to be embarrassed about, everyone goes through mental health struggles in life and the sooner we can open up and talk about them, the sooner we can grow and move forward in a happy and healthy way.

Huge thanks to every single person that participated in making these videos. You guys are rockstars!

Jesse Puata

New Plymouth MMA Studio

Discussing mental health with Jesse Puata from New Plymouth MMA Studio in Taranaki, New Zealand.

This week is mental health week in New Zealand and I would like to spread awareness around mental health issues.

Opening up conversations with people helps us to share our stories with one another and learn coping strategies from other people’s lived experience. Listening to stories from people we respect and admire helps us to feel part of a community and know that we are not alone.

Jesse explains how Mixed Martial Arts has helped him navigate through different struggles in life, all the while surrounded by a group of awesome, like-minded people. Thank you for taking the time to open up and share your story, Jesse. It takes a brave person!


Sanctuary Hill – Yoga & Retreats

Discussing Mental Health with Bhavani Davies from Sanctuary Hill in Taranaki, New Zealand.

Sanctuary Hill Yoga & Retreats offers teachings in Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and also immersion retreats.

Bhavani discusses the journey of her life from Mexico, to Canada to New Zealand. I have personally attended Bhavani’s yoga classes over the past few years and she has a natural talent for teaching and the most AMAZING voice to listen to during chanting.

Thank you for being so open and sharing your time & wisdom with us, Bhavani!

Josh Cooper

Redemption Strength & Conditioning

Discussing Mental Health week with Josh Cooper from Redemption Strength and Conditioning.

Josh discusses his journey with depression as well as his move from England to Taranaki, New Zealand. Josh is a powerlifter and personal trainer who also offers advice in nutrition. Josh works with local rugby teams, supporting them in their training and helping other local men, women and children achieve their fitness goals.

It takes courage to open up and share your stories, thanks for helping to spread awareness, Josh!

Sorcha Wolnik

Girls Minds Matter

Discussing Mental Health Week 2020 with Sorcha Wolnik from Girls Minds Matter.

Sorcha talks with us about the teenage mind and the girls that she works with at Girls Minds Matter.

As a Mum of 3 girls and a Midwife, Sorcha has loads of experience with women and children.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Sorcha. You are an inspiration having overcome such adversity and sharing with us the beautiful woman that you are.

Thank you for giving others the opportunity to relate to, and learn from you.

Ram Davies

Sanctuary Hill – Yoga & Retreats

Discussing Mental Health Week 2020 with Ram Davies from Sanctuary Hill Yoga & Retreats. Ram talks with me about his journey learning Yoga and Meditation. Ram is also a qualified Chef and he discusses his time in the hospitality industry and how this has evolved into new ways of thinking about creating and consuming food that is nutritious for the body.

Thank you for opening up about your own personal journey and sharing your wisdom with us Ram!

Mihi Henry-Hatcher

Mihi’s Place

Discussing Mental Health with Mihi Henry-Hatcher from Mihi’s Place. Mihi is a Traditional Maori Healer who has been helping people with their health for decades.

Mihi was taught a very old, traditional method of Maori healing and is one of only a handful of Maori women in New Zealand who have this knowledge and technique. Mihi has multiple degrees as well as national and international awards for her healing practices.

Thank you so much for your time Mihi, it was a wonderful experience to spend time with you and learn about what you do to help so many people.

Jamie Allen

Taranaki Retreat

Discussing Mental Health Week 2020 with Jamie Allen from Taranaki Retreat. Jamie talks about the journey of setting up Taranaki Retreat with his family following some difficult personal experiences.

Jamie offers a place of sanctuary for people to go when they need a bit of time out and holistic mental health care. Jamie is very passionate about helping people. Sharing his coping strategies and multiple therapies that are available at the Taranaki Retreat. Jamie is also a strong advocate of Maori Tikanga.

You are a very busy man and I really appreciate your sharing your time and stories with us, Jamie. Thank you so much!

Eleanor Dally

The Floatation Sanctuary

Eleanor talks about the benefits of floating for maintaining mental health and wellness. Eleanor also discusses her own challenges and personal journey with mental health. Including the effect that different life experiences have had on both herself and her family. I personally LOVE to float, and I do so once a month.

This is one of the self-care routines I most look forward to. If you are on the fence about trying it, you should give it a go! Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule, Eleanor. To share the details of this amazing resource you have available for people to use.