Wednesday September 27, 2017
One woman’s mission to improve mental health of Kiwis
Karori resident Carina Allen is the founder of The Zen Division. PHOTO: Supplied
In the face of record suicide numbers, reports of inadequate mental health support and increasingly demanding lifestyles, one woman is on a mission to tackle mental health issues at their source by bringing a little zen to people’s daily lives. Karori local Carina Allen is the founder of The Zen Division, a business focussed on helping Kiwis overcome everyday stresses with a toolkit to encourage intentional self-care. She said it was critical that people took time to look after themselves in their increasingly busy lifestyles. “It’s happening to everyday people,” Carina said. “It’s a crisis for everyone, not just people with a history of mental health issues. “Many of us spend so much of our time trying to be everything to everyone, and trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. We are not allowing enough time to take care of ourselves.” The World Health Organisation puts depression as the leading cause of disabilities worldwide, and said there were
clear links to the suicide rate. The suicide statistics in New Zealand are as high as they have ever been at 13 deaths per 100,000 people. According to the latest Ministry of Health Survey, a rising number of the population (seven percent) are suffering from ‘psychological distress’ caused by anxiety and depression. Carina has worked in mental health for the last decade and said people were feeling they need to be constantly stimulated, thanks to an increasing array of distractions in their lives. Through The Zen Division, she provides workshops on mindfulness and self-care. These focus on helping people seek solutions, including how they can find time for themselves, the level of rest they need, and techniques and equipment to support them. “We are programmed to better ourselves, and often think we need to keep doing more each day to achieve this. I realise through talking to people that a lot of them are on the verge of fatigue. We need to understand that being calm and centred can be much more effective,” Carina explained.
New Porter’s Paint range in Guthrie Bowron Thorndon Guthrie Bowron is pleased to be able to bring Porter’s Paints to Wellington and the Thorndon area. The range offers specialty paint finishes that include Chalk Emulsion paint for furniture restoration, French Wash for stunning feature walls, through to Liquid Iron – creating a rust finish that can be used on anything from house exteriors to garden features. Since Porter’s Paints have arrived the Guthrie Bowron team have been working with the products and can offer colour selection advice, sampling and product advice. There are a number of finishes on display. With an enviable range of colour and finishes available, Porter’s Paints has something for everyone. One of the popular finishes is Chalk Emulsion. A very matt and chalky appearance, it is ideal for refurbishing furniture. Creating finishes seen in French Provincial and Scandinavian furniture, you can change the appearance of old tired furniture easily. Porter’s Chalk Emulsion is self-priming on most surfaces so there is no need for sanding.
Porter’s French Wash is another gorgeous addition to a home or project where you just want to add a little luxury. Using Porters Low Sheen Acrylic as a base you can apply French Wash using a brush and muslin to give a soft mottled effect, seen in traditional Mediterranean homes as well as modern homes. The colour combinations are stunning! Porter’s Paints range of reactive metal paints is unrivalled. Create a feature wall or something special for your garden with Porter’s Liquid Iron and Instant Rust. Using two coats of Liquid Iron and then applying an activator – Instant Rust, your project can take on the appearance of rusting steel. A beautiful addition to front doors, feature walls and landscaped areas. These are just a few of the products that Porter’s Paints can offer, for more finishes and information visit www. porterspaints.co.nz, or come and see the team in store at Guthrie Bowron Thorndon, 286 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea. Mark Rickard and Team from Guthrie Bowron Thorndon
Guthrie Bowron Thorndon Quay Wellington’s complete home decorating store Ph: 473 3747 | 286 Thorndon Quay (Where Tinakori Rd meets Thorndon Quay) Weekdays: 7:30am–5.00pm Saturday: 8:30am–4:00pm Sunday: 10:00am–4:00pm
Mark Rickard, Owner/Operator
Independent Herald 27-09-17