New content series aims to help young people navigate their mental health journey

Headlines 28/09/2021

A new video content series 'Mānawa Maiea te Atawhai' has been launched by The Kindness Institute and Re: News that aims to equip rangatahi (young people) with tools to help them on their lifelong mental health journey.

Director of The Kindness Institute Brady Polkinghorne says that their collaborative kaupapa is all about rangatahi Māori and Pasifika teaching mindfulness tools and promoting positive mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week, and beyond.

"Aotearoa continues to experience an ongoing, and rising youth mental health crisis. Research and Government officials both acknowledge the impact of lockdown worsening this crisis. That’s why The Kindness Institute (TKI) are raising awareness around how rangatahi (youth) can support one another to encourage positive mental health" he says.

"Through the 10-part content series, ‘Mānawa Maiea te Atawhai’ rangatahi aged 15-19 share their own hauora / mental health stories and teach mindfulness and mental health tools. The series couldn’t be more timely, launching during Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), in-line with the theme “Take time to Kōrero” and in the wake of another Level 4 lockdown."

The series features a variety of mindfullness tools, from different forms of meditation and communication, to physical stimulations like yoga and walking. These tools are shared through a uniquely Te Ao Māori lens by rangatahi Māori, who collectively have learned these tools within their own lives. Every story is different, so you can be sure that whatever your situation, there's something here that can help you.

The series also features a video from Manu Walters, Kiwi Hip-Hop artist and member of local duo Eno x Dirty.

Click HERE to go to the series' homepage, and make sure to follow The Kindness Institute on social media to keep up with more awesome kaupapa like this!