Nearly two-thirds of young New Zealanders are showing signs of depressed mood.
Recent results from the New Zealand Sovereign Wellbeing index have revealed the need to improve our wellbeing by encouraging a flourishing community.
University of Canterbury lecturer Tracy Clelland says the country rates very poorly compared with most European countries, particularly in the area of connecting with others in the neighbourhood.
"Things like more local events where people can come together, just making sure you knock on the door of the neighbours house, just making sure you know who your neighbours are."
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The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week next month is connecting with others.