Working out in Waimakariri for Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and as National’s first mental health spokesperson it’s something Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says he is proud to get behind each year.

Doocey said this year’s theme of Reconnect was particularly pertinent after the disruption caused by the pandemic left many people feeling isolated, whether it be from work colleagues, loved ones or neighbours.

"That’s why I am so stoked to be joining Team Blue this weekend for a 48-hour fitness workout to raise awareness of mental health, and funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

"Ash and Aaron McConville at Saints Fitness in Rangiora have pulled out all the stops for the event and have already beaten their target of $50,000. 

"While I’m sure I won’t be feeling quite so stoked halfway through the two-day stint, I am looking forward to the fun and camaraderie and joining together for the good of others."

Doocey said everyone would know someone who has suffered with mental health issues, with most of us across our lifetime at some point grappling with feelings of anxiety or depression.

"While this used to be a taboo subject for the older generations, I am heartened by today’s young people who are so open to discussing mental health, and even more importantly asking for help. 

"They are a generation that accepts the importance of both mental and physical wellbeing, and see no stigma in seeking help for their mental health just as they would visit a GP for a physical ailment.

"I take my hat off to these young people for leading the way in the mental health conversation and thank them for making it easier for generations to follow."

"Let’s all take a moment to think about ways we can reconnect with others this week and also how we support our mental health groups like Wellbeing North Canterbury and the Mental Health Foundation.

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Mental Health Foundation and Wellbeing North Canterbury in my role as mental health spokesperson and know first-hand the life changing work they provide.

"It is a privilege to support them this Mental Health Awareness Week 2022."