Specialist KiwiSaver provider, AMP Wealth Management New Zealand, is teaming up with Voices of Hope, a mental health charity on a mission to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and to decrease suicide rates in New Zealand.
The announcement coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Reimagine Wellbeing Together,’ recognising it has been an especially challenging period for many New Zealanders.
AMP Wealth Management Acting Chief Executive, Jeff Ruscoe, said:
"The impacts of Covid-19 continue to cause stress and anxiety and impact the lives and wellbeing of many New Zealanders. Many household incomes have been negatively affected, and we’ve seen an increase in the number of Kiwis seeking financial advice from us to help alleviate financial stress. We recognise the important role we like other businesses have in supporting the wellbeing of our clients, people and communities, which is why we’re proud to be partnering with Jazz and Genevieve to help them continue their critical work to support those who might be struggling with their mental health.”
“Providing financial help to our clients is something we’re focused on every day, but we’ve always believed that it’s important to take a more holistic view of wellbeing, which is why we’ve supported mental health charities over the years. Through our partnership with Voices of Hope we aim to raise awareness and to encourage conversations around mental health and overall wellbeing to improve outcomes for more Kiwis.”
Voices of Hope co-founders Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton received an AMP Scholarship in 2017, which included funding to support the powerful video campaigns that they would go on to produce, including It’s Not Weak To Speak and The Kind Project.
“AMP Wealth Management has been a huge supporter of ours from the very beginning, when we first started Voices of Hope. We wanted to create change and provide hope to people who were struggling, and they enabled us to do so. We’re excited to be launching our partnership with them, so together we can continue to make and create more positive change”, said Genevieve Mora.
As part of promoting wellbeing in the workplace, AMP Wealth Management employees will be able to watch an online screening of ‘The Girl on the Bridge’, which tells Jazz Thornton’s mental health journey and efforts to help others with their struggles.
“Sharing stories is a powerful way for us to connect with one another, particularly around difficult subject matter, like suicide. It’s important for more organisations to recognise the individual mental health and wellbeing needs of their employees, and it’s great to see AMP Wealth Management leading the way by giving their people access to the film and creating an environment where it’s OK to open up about these issues and ask for help”, said Jazz Thornton.