Experience today the Powerful Power of Laughter!

Have you heard of Laughter Yoga?

It's like an exercise.
Instead of going for a short walk or stretching your body, laugh properly as an exercise!

Watch the following video from This Morning, a British daytime television show on ITV in the UK.

Phillip & Holly Laugh Their Way Through Lockdown | This Morning
On 7 May 2020 by This Morning

Yes, just laugh, I mean fake laugh, but it will help your stress and anxiety.
The laughter relaxes your whole body.

When you are anxious or suffering from depression, you probably don't feel like laughing, but you can still do it intentionally.

In a good space:
Funny & Happy feeling => Laughter

In a not so good space:
Laughter => Funny & Happy feeling

Hope the above laughing exercise will make you feel a little better, and make your day a little brighter.

Kiwi traidies and farmers, start a conversation about mental health!

Aussie tradies are doing something about it.
It's time for Kiwi traidies and farmers to start talking!

How to start a conversation about suicide (12:16)
Jeremy Forbes | TED@Westpac

More about HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) and their "HALT’s ‘Save your Bacon’ brekkies. https://thehaltbrekky.com

In the above video, I've heard a word "TAFE" and didn't know what he was talking about.
 Here is what "TAFE" means:

Technical and further education
In Australia, technical and further education or TAFE (/ˈteɪf/) institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System/Australian Qualifications Framework/Australian Quality Training Framework. (From Wikipedia:Technical and further education)

Accommodation Services

If you know any other service to add to this directory, please submit it via comments section by clicking 'comments' or 'Post a Comment' on each page. Your suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Age Concern New Zealand
National Office:
Level 3, Freemason House, 195-201 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
PO Box 10-688, Wellington 6143
Phone: 04 801 9338

Age Concern Canterbury
24 Main North Rd, Christchurch 8053
Phone: 03 366 0903 OR 0800 80 33 44

Comcare Charitable Trust
Head Office:
251 Lichfield St, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 3777020

Emerge Aotearoa (Formed from the merger of Recovery Solutions Group and Richmond New Zealand in 2015)
National Support Centre:
320 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany 2013 Manukau
PO Box 259 353, Botany 2163 Manukau
Phone: 09 265 0255

Northland Office:
39 Norfolk St, Whangarei 0112
Phone: 09 470 3530

West Auckland Office:
92 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0612
Phone: 09 839 7301

Central Auckland Office:
103 Richardson Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
P O Box 57-143 Owairaka Auckland 1340
Phone: 09 847 9156

Midland Office:
1444 Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga 3112
Phone: 07 579 9020

Wellington Office:
Level 1, 20 Daly St, Hutt Central
Lower Hutt 5010
P O Box 30229, Lower Hutt 5040
Phone: 04 589 9442

Christchurch Office:
8 Kennedy Pl, Hillsborough, Christchurch 8022
P O Box 2322, Christchurch 8140
Phone: 03 371 5599 F

Home & Family, Christchurch
76 Thackeray Street, Waltham, Christchurch 8023
PO Box 287, Christchurch 8140
Phone: 03 944 0635

Hoon Hay House
16 Anvers Place, Hoon Hay, Christchurch
Phone: 03 335 0297

National office:
Phone: 04 474 0650
Level 2, 181 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011
PO Box 7443 Newtown, Wellington 6242

Offices in:
Auckland (Phone: 09 261 3401 Manukau City)
Hauraki (Phone: 07 868 0532 Thames)
Hamilton (Phone: 07 857 1203 Hamilton East)
Lakes (Phone: 07 348 2944 Rotorua and Taupo)
Taranaki (Phone: 06 757 2864 New Plymouth)
Whanganui (Phone: 06 348 8198 Whanganui)
Wairarapa (Phone: 06 370 6101 Masterton)
Wellington (Phone: 04 473 9009 Pipitea, Wellington)
Christchurch (Phone: 03 339 3780 Middleton, Christchurch)

Pukeko Blue Ltd
Unit 2, 16 Barry Hogan Pl, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
PO Box 42093, Tower Junction, Christchurch 8149
Phone: 03 384 8972

Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory
Territorial Headquarters:
202-204 Cuba St, Wellington 6011
PO Box 6015, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
Phone: 04 384 5649

Northern Divisional Headquarters:
691A Mt Albert Rd, Royal Oak, Auckland 1023
Phone: 09 639 1103

Midland Divisional Headquarters:
12 Vialou St, Hamilton 3204
Phone: 07 839 2242

Central Divisional Headquarters:
204 Cuba St, Wellington 6011
Phone: 04 384 4713

Southern Divisional Headquarters:
2 Avenger Cr, Wigram, Christchurch 8024
Phone: 03 377 0799

26 Cedars St, Hoon Hay, Christchurch 8025
Phone: 03 338 2677

Stepping Stone Trust
26 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon, Christchurch
PO Box 33-103 Barrington, Christchurch 8244
Phone: 03 338 6390

Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch) Inc.
Room 3, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 379 2297

White Wings Charitable Trust
Unit 1, 140 Aldwins Rd, Linwood, Christchurch 8062
Phone: 03 389 8851

For further information:
Visit Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (Christchurch and the Southern Region)
Contact each Mental Health Service (Mental Health Service Provider).

News Pickup for 27 August 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From the world

This is great news! I think if consumers learn more about their mental illness, certainly they would be able to manage their illness better.
We need to have more education programme not only for support workers, but also for consumers and their families.

Researchers make bipolar breakthrough

(The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia)
August 26, 2007 - 11:29AM

Victorian researchers have made a world-first breakthrough in preventing relapses of manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder.
Their work has also cut the number of depressive relapses in patients by half.

I think we must learn the facts about mental illness, instead of relying on getting information only from those dramatic events brought by only small number of people with mental illness.
The article below is talking about Selective mutism, which Cho was diagnosed with, while attending public schools, but in my opinion, I think an immigrant becomes quiet or refuse to speak in the non-native-language-environment is common... I think the problem is there wasn't good enough support for him before his mental condition reaches a crisis level.

Coverage of Cho may renew stigma of mental illness, experts say
(Roanoke Times - Roanoke,VA,USA)
Sunday, August 26, 2007 By Duncan Adams

Seung-Hui Cho's mix of mental disorders and violence was grossly atypical of most mental health patients, several professionals said.

News Pickup for 18 July 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

I read somewhere that telling a person, who has a drinking problem, to stop drinking is the same as telling a person, who has a cold, to stop coughing.
I thought it was a good way of describing it.
I think we can x-ray a "broken bone", but we can't x-ray "broken mind" is another good example of describing a mental health problem.

Mental health nurses gather for conference
By NATALIE AKOORIE - Waikato Times | Wednesday, 18 July 2007

The challenging but often rewarding job of a mental health nurse is being celebrated at an inaugural national conference in Hamilton this week.
..."If you break a bone in your body an x-ray will show the extent of the injury and the recovery from that physical injury follows a usual pathway. However in mental health we are not able to x-ray a `broken mind' and maybe it is this unknown and uncertainty which contributes to the stigma and discrimination that many people with mental illness still experience today."...

From the world

County OKs kids' mental health plan
The initiative will include assessment of children in foster homes and others who are monitored by the child welfare system.
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer July 18, 2007
In response to a federal court order, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an initiative of up to $90 million on Tuesday aimed at improving mental health services for thousands of children monitored by the county's child welfare system.

The Virginia Tech Massacre and mental health services in universities
Liberty County Times - Chester,MT,USA
Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:51 PM CDT
Mental illness in the form of psychotic thinking almost always develops over a period of time, usually weeks or months, and it often develops in late teens or early twenties. Suicides are especially common directly after hospitalization for a psychiatric condition, and need to be closely observed. Cho had threatened to commit suicide, but no one followed up on the threat...