Lend An Ear is Arias Design Co's way of raising both awareness and funds for mental health.

With estimates that in 1 in 5 kiwis will experience mental distress this year, it is paramount that all New Zealanders have decent access to mental health support and services.

We strongly believe that everybody should have access to robust and effective mental health care when they need it, regardless of personal circumstances. That's why we make it our mission to support those that actively campaign to break down the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health care, and work hard to make Aotearoa a place where we can all benefit from positive mental health.

Arias Design Co is proud to be a supporter of mental health by donating 20% of all profits to The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHFNZ).

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHFNZ) is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing. Improving individuals, whanau, organisations and communities. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand works towards this vision through:

  • Running 2 national mental health awareness raising campaigns: Mental Health Awareness Week and Pink Shirt Day. Mental Health Awareness Week helps kiwi understand what boost their wellbeing and improve their mental health. Pink Shirt Day celebrates diversity and encourages us to create environments where all people can feel safe, valued and respected. 

  • Policy and Advocacy. The MHFNZ advocates to government for changes to improve the determinants of mental health and wellbeing – that is, the social, economic and cultural factors that affect our mental wellbeing. All of their policy advice and advocacy is evidence-based, incorporates matauranga Māori and is informed by engagement with Māori, people with lived experience of mental illness and other affected groups to ensure MHFNZ policy positions reflect their views and experiences.

  • New Zealand’s largest free information & resource service. The MHF provide information for anyone who is going through a difficult time, for people supporting someone they care about, and those interested in mental health and wellbeing. They have experienced information specialists on hand during working hours to answer questions and help in the right direction to get the help you need and link you with supports and services available in your area.

So every time you place an order with Arias Design Co, you’re showing your support and lending an ear for better mental health in our communities.

Read more about our mental health work on our blog

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