Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Southern Lakes' Businesses

Updated as of 25/1/2022

Connecting Communities dates for your diary - Our next Connecting Communities funding rounds are 28 February - 11 March 2022 and 4-15 July 2022 so put your thinking caps on – we’d love to hear your ideas! Eligible groups can apply for up to $1,000 to run activities or events in Queenstown, Wānaka, Cromwell, or Te Anau/Fiordland that improve mental wellbeing.  The activities must aim to bring people together in person or online, promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Wha, and align with COVID requirements.  More details here.

Resources - Agencies are welcome to use our mental wellbeing service directories and other resources (Traffic Light Guide, 1737 posters etc.) to help connect people to free support services available across the region. Click on the drop-down Need Help section of our webpage to download what you need.

Partner programmes

Connecting online – Need help using a tablet or getting onto social media? QLDC Libraries and Southern REAP are running a series of free digital learning sessions in February at Queenstown Memorial Centre. Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required.  Bookings essential, please register with Southern Reap via 0800 111 117 / enquiries@reap.co.nz.

Wellbeing livestreams for 12-24 year-olds – Grab your friends and whānau and join Thrive! Wellbeing Coaches online every Monday and Wednesday @4.30pm and every Tuesday and Thursday @1pm for 30-minute wellbeing livestreams focusing on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, and learning and practicing new skills.

Addiction 101 workshop - This free one-day workshop aims to increase people’s knowledge about substance use both at work and in everyday life, including strategies for wellbeing and responding supportively.  It’s helpful for anyone interested in addiction, including those concerned about their own substance use, or for those concerned about another person’s use, including family members, friends or someone they’re working with.  It’s also suitable for health professionals and counsellors without prior training or qualifications in the addiction sector. Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required. 

  • Queenstown: Monday 21 February, 9am-4.30pm, Heritage Hotel. Register here.
  • Te Anau: Monday 14 March, 9am-4.30pm, Distinction Luxmore Hotel, 41 Town Centre. Register here.

Free suicide prevention training – The next LifeKeepers training programme will be held on 14 February, 8:45am–5pm, in Queenstown. This free, evidence-based, clinically safe and culturally responsive programme aims to equip communities and whānau with the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent suicide. It includes learning how to talk about suicide responsibly, what to look for when someone may be at risk, understanding the risk factors that contribute to someone being suicidal, developing strategies for how to ask about suicide, responding with confidence, and knowing how to engage different services and supports. Available to NZ citizens/residents aged 18+. Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required.  Register here.

Te Anau Mental Health 101 workshop: Spaces are still available for this free workshop on Monday 31 January at the Distinction Luxmore, Te Anau (9am-4.30pm). Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required.  Register here.

Working Well - How can you improve your workplace culture, prioritise mental wellbeing and create a work environment where people feel safe, calm, connected and hopeful through COVID-19 and beyond?  Here are a few resources to help:

Mental toughness events: If you’re keen for more mental toughness training or leadership adversity coaching, check out HALO Training’s range of comprehensive, paid events on their Facebook page for details or to register attendance.  If you’re a non-profit organisation/group, please contact them directly for special pricing.

GoodYarn new/expectant parents workshop – Having a baby? Come along to Southern Wellbeing Trust’s next free workshop this Saturday 29 January, 9:30am-12:30pm at Queenstown Playcentre, to learn how you can better support your mental health and wellbeing. Upskilling yourself before your baby comes means you’ll be better prepared for the challenges ahead, can build connections with other parents-to-be and support those around you to stay well on the road to parenthood. Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required.  Details here, register via workshops@southernwellbeingtrust.org.

GoodYarn Community Partners training workshop – The Southern Wellbeing Trust is running a free training session on 15 February, 11am-2pm in the Queenstown Event Centre meeting room, for those who work with community groups, volunteers, individuals or have an interest in supporting the mental wellbeing of the Queenstown Lakes community. Learn how to talk about mental health, how you can better support those around you, and pick up valuable tips and information to support your own mental health and wellbeing. Traffic Light Red settings apply with scanning in, vaccine pass, mask wearing, and physical distancing required.  Details here, register via workshops@southernwellbeingtrust.org.