The Mental Health Foundation's vision is for a society where all people flourish.

Tuia te rangi e  nei
Tuia te papa e takoto nei
Tuia i te here tangata
Tihei mauri ora
He hōnore, he korōria ki te atua i runga rawa
He whakaaro maha ki a rātou kua haere ki te wāhi ngaro
Ki te tini, ki te mano, rau rangatira mā ānei ngā whārangi
whakamōhio o Te Tuapapa Hauora Hinengaro
Nau mai, piki mai, whakatau mai.

What we do

Our work is diverse and expansive, with campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. We take a holistic approach to mental health, promoting what we know makes and keeps people mentally well.

We provide free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.

Established in 1977 from the proceeds of a telethon, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is a charitable trust, with a governing board. Board members are experts in their fields – they are professionals who collectively guide our direction.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Ottawa Charter are the core documents from which our principles and values are based, and the board is committed to directing our work to reflect this.

We value the expertise of mental health consumers/tangata whaiora and incorporate these perspectives into all the work we do. Our work is funded through donations, grants and contract income.

How we are governed

Our Board of Trustees is made up of people with mental health expertise as well as legal, management and financial skills and include Maori, Pacific Nation and tangata whaiora/mental health consumer representatives. Board representatives also come from a wide geographical reach, covering urban and rural, metropolitan and provincial areas. This combination of skills and life experience delivers the highest level of governance to our organisation.

Our whakataukī – Mauri tū, Mauri ora 

In June 2013, MHF staff and board members gathered at the Whatua Kaimarie Marae in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, to celebrate the adoption of a new whakataukī: mauri tū, mauri ora. You will see these words as part of our logo.

Mauri refers to the life force or latent energy found in all things. Mauri tū refers to stability and a sense of space for this energy, and in this context covers both communities and individuals. Mauri ora refers to the unleashing of this energy to actively support and create wellbeing. 

This korero is a constant reminder to the MHF of our commitment to actively supporting individuals and communities to flourish through the unleashing of positive energy and strategies to affect wellbeing.