Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Reflections from the Umbrella team


From 21 to 25 September, New Zealanders around the country celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week. It was a fantastic five days full of thinking, reflecting, and celebrating our mental health and wellbeing. It was also full of engaging discussions around how we can grow as individuals, friends, teams, organisations, [...]

2020-10-01T15:42:16+13:00October 1st, 2020|

Positive psychology – the power of learned optimism

Clinical psychology has traditionally focused on suffering, misery, conflict and mental illness within humans. As a result, the profession has come under scrutiny! As clinical psychologist Martin Seligman nicely states, “We not only want to focus on taking weeds out of the garden, we also need to cultivate and [...]

2020-08-21T09:29:00+12:00August 12th, 2020|

Nurturing our connections

Through COVID-19 lockdown, we saw and felt the desire and benefits of connecting with others.  We connected with our families, friends, neighbours, community, and work colleagues.  We also felt the global connection with others worldwide who were, like us, navigating their way through a very challenging time. We shared, [...]

2020-08-03T11:34:12+12:00July 30th, 2020|