As a young man in his early 20’s, Toby struggled with a period of anxiety. Following a few sessions of professional counselling, Toby began to understand that his anxiety symptoms were the direct result of trauma he had faced. He wants New Zealanders to understand that it is important to look after mental wellness as much as physical health and to feel safe to have conversations about it. He now recognises how important it is to seek professional support when you need to.
“I’m passionate about mental health and want to help normalise conversation about it so that people feel safe to open up more. It’s ok to ask for help, just as you would go and see someone for a physical injury,” says Toby.
To support Toby’s māia/brave quest to raise $10,000 toward a modern, fit-for-purpose Child, Adolescent & Family outpatient facility please go to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/raising-funds-for-a-new-youth-mental-health.
To find out more about our Child and Youth Mental Health project, visit https://www.maiahealth.org.nz/projects/key-projects/youth-mental-health/.