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About us

Who we are is lovingly managed by the dedicated team at Te Whatu Ora | Health Promotion. Our team is a unique blend of digital health experts, individuals with lived experiences and mental health professionals. We've collaborated with those who've bravely navigated life's challenges, skilled health practitioners and community leaders to craft this website. We aim to be a beacon of support for those grappling with depression and anxiety.

Matua Tau Huirama, our Te Tangata Marama at Te Whatu Ora | Health Promotion, leads us with his profound knowledge in mātauranga Māori. On, his voice resonates with the wisdom of a counsellor, healer and respected kaumātua.

Our journey wouldn't be complete without the heartfelt contributions from our whānau who've shared their personal stories. Their voices echo throughout, offering hope and inspiration. We believe in the transformative power of hope and its ability to light up your path.

What we do is your guide through the rough seas of life in Aotearoa. We're here to offer understanding, validation and practical advice for those navigating depression and anxiety. Our mission is to lessen the impact of these challenges on New Zealanders' lives by promoting early recognition, encouraging help seeking and fostering supportive communities.

Funding and partners

We're proud to have been a part of the National Depression Initiative, a key element of the New Zealand Government's strategy for suicide prevention. Our efforts are supported by our partner Whakarongorau Aotearoa, which provides the depression helpline. Additionally, we work alongside The Lowdown, our partner site dedicated to helping young Kiwis with their mental health.

Contact us

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A heartfelt thank you to the 17 incredible New Zealanders who courageously shared their stories for our videos and audio clips. Your experiences are a source of strength and guidance for many. Special thanks to Buck, Damian, Debra, Donna, Gabrielle, Gillian, Hannah, Jamie, Michelle, Philip, Vesna, Vito and our five anonymous contributors. Your contributions are invaluable and deeply appreciated.