Here's why everyone will be wearing gumboots tomorrow

Publish Date
Thursday, 4 April 2019, 11:33AM

If you're walking to work tomorrow and notice that literally everyone has swapped their shoes for gumboots, there's a really important reason why.

Tomorrow, April 5th is Gumboot Friday! 

Mike King and mental health charity I AM HOPE  are asking New Zealanders to wear their gumboots to work or school on Gumboot Friday (5 April) for a gold coin donation. It's a positive and fun way for Kiwis to join in the mental health conversation while raising money to provide free and timely counseling for any kid in need.

For many, having depression or anxiety can feel like walking through the mud every day.

By wearing gumboots and spending a day walking in someone else’s shoes, New Zealanders can “show people who are struggling that they’re not alone and that it’s important and normal to talk about the things that they’re dealing with internally,” King says.

 

WHERE TO GET HELP:
If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

OR IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ELSE:

• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
• NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 (available 24/7)
• KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757