Whakanui Whaiora: Festive Self-Care edition

20 December 2023

This month we hosted another Lived Experience Gathering, Whakanui Whaiora, this time in West Auckland. Our hui was themed around festive self-care. The holidays can be a difficult time for Tangata Whaiora, as we can encounter discrimination around our mental distress, which leads to exclusion and isolation.


We enjoyed a big whanaungatanga/connection circle, and heard from two guest speakers. Our Lived Experience Advisor, Chloe, led a kōrero on how to overcome mental distress discrimination during Christmas with practical self-care advice. Our second presenter Mark, who has Lived Experience of suicide loss, shared his top tips on how to manage grief and loss during the 'most happiest time of the year'.

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"Thank you so much. You really made a difference to me in terms of feeling alone at this time."

- Attendee

In 2024, we are planning a series of Lived Experience Wānanga across the motu/country, where you can connect with like minded individuals and upskill in our workshops. More than 100 people have registered for our November and December hui. Tickets are free and snap up quick, so if you are keen to gain early access and be notified first, join the wait list here


We have attached some of the resources from the December hui including:

  • How to care for yourself this festive season presentation
    • Packed with tips, tricks and question prompts to build up your self-care kete/basket
  • Cope Ahead Plan resource
    • A printable worksheet to help you put in place support you may need to get through tough times

Feel free to share these resources with friends and whānau. We hope they can help you prepare for a positive festive season.

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