GoodYarn, a mental health workshop that helps participants to know the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses, has received a $100,000 boost from Trinity Lands.
GoodYarn is a mental health programme aimed at the rural sector. It helps participants build confidence to identify issues, talk about it, and know how and where to get help. Its unique peer-led approach focuses on the rural community, with more than 10,000 people who have now been part of a workshop.
The funding was announced at the recent, annual Trinity Land awards dinner.
"We know the importance of good mental health and we love what the GoodYarn workshop does to help ordinary kiwis," chief executive Peter McBride said.
Good Programmes Trustee Igor Gerritsen spoke to around 100 staff and guests gathered for the awards.
"Mental Health is a community issue, and we all play a part in looking after each other," Gerritsen explained. "It's great to see a growing awareness of the things we can do to look after ourselves."
He added that by improving our understanding and ability to talk about mental health, and knowing where to go to help, GoodYarn is a great resource to keep people away from the edge of the cliff.
Gerritsen has been involved in the wellbeing of the rural and workplace community in the Bay of Plenty for a decade.
"I love what GoodYarn is doing and it's a privilege to work with a great team to make the GoodYarn workshop available in organisations and communities across New Zealand," he said.
He added that the group was thankful that Trinity Lands has joined the Good Friends Community.