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by Greta Yeoman

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme of this year’s awareness week, which started on Monday, is “Connect with Nature”.

South Canterbury District Health Board community and public health mental health promoter Anna Reihana said connecting with nature could reduce levels of anger, fear and stress while contributing to improved physical wellbeing and positive feelings that could last throughout the day.

A family fun day for Mental Health Awareness Week was held at Timaru’s Talbot Park on Tuesday and Arowhenua Marae will host an event at the marae in Huirapa St, just south of Temuka, today.

The event, which will include kapa haka, a Marae Fit class and other activities, will begin with a mihi whakatau (welcome) at 9.30am.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday, visit mhaw.nz.