Mental, healthy, happy workplace, thanks Southern Primary Health Organisation!

Thank you for your words of support…It’s been a crazy week, but we are holding strong, keeping positive and due to such a fantastic team and workplace, we will keep our heads up and our frowns upside down.

We are stoked to win gold!!!

Here is this months e-bulletin from Southern Primary Health Organisation..

Hello everyone,

“Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members.

“Caring, holism and ecology are essential issues in developing strategies for health promotion.”  (The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, World Health Organisation, 1986)

Wanaka Wastebusters demonstrates all of the above essential issues showing clearly that it is a health promoting community organisation. It has made significant contributions for the environmental, social and mental health of the residents of Wanaka and its surrounding areas, innovative in its resource recovery solutions and education for sustainability in communities across Otago and Southern Lakes and caring about the health of its employees.

In this e-bulletin firstly, we’d like to give a big show of support to Wanaka Wastebusters and the fantastic work everyone does there as they have lost their recycling contract with Queenstown Lakes District Council.

To read more about why they qualified for their Gold Award, read their blog, a brilliant example of showing staff members and public what you’re doing to look after the health of your employees.

  • Movember!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in New Zealand and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.


Each year, Movember works alongside a large number of companies, from all corners of the business world and ranging in size. Movember in the workplace is FUN and it’s this aspect which tends to drive participation. Growing a moustache is something that many people prefer to do as part of a group; they feel ‘safer’ and are more relaxed about potentially looking a little foolish for a month. It’s this team dynamic that produces a real feeling of comradeship and that has made Movember so popular within the workforce.


Visit to find out more about their business programme and how to order free resources.


Why not have an inter-work competition or challenge another organisation to do so and hold a men’s health event and Movember party at the end of the month?!


Get in touch if you would like any help to organise this

  • Helping employees who become severely depressed

Mental ill health is the big problem of our age (Layard 2005) and it affects people who are in work as much as the rest of the population.

The good news is that there is quite a lot that employers can do to help employees whose health and careers are at risk of spiralling downwards into long term unemployment and chronic ill health and reduce costs of mental ill health to their organizations—why-it-matters%2C-what-to-do-about-it/

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 October 2011:

Give, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Connect

Mental Health Awareness Week took place a couple of weeks ago and we were able to offer laughter yoga sessions to the public in Wanaka and Oamaru.  Laughter is a great stress release, and great to help you feel connected as a team. If you would like a free session of laughter yoga to help combat workplace stress, please contact me.

  • REAL Women’s Series

Consider getting a group of women in your workplace together to enter the REAL Women’s Series  on Queenstown, Sunday March 25th. Make it your work wellness goal!

  • Healthy Breakfast ideas

Breakfast eaters – have it better. Breakfast eaters have more energy and eating breakfast makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. For lots of breakfast ideas visit:

  • Quitting Smoking – Public Health South Text to Quit project

PHS are running a Text to Quit campaign from Nov 1st-15th January. Posters will be displayed throughout Otago encouraging people to text and receive a sample pack of Nicotine Replacement Therapy along with info on local and national cessation services. I will be sending these out next week.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to forward this email on and let me know of any health initiatives you’re running or would like support with!

Best wishes

Sarah Berger
Health Promotion Coordinator

PO Box 500, 90b Centennial Ave, Alexandra
Tel: (03)  448 8887  Fax: (03) 448 8659  Mob: 0272104716