Let the dogs out ... it's good for you
Dogs and their owners are pounding the streets of Timaru in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday.
The theme for this year's week is "connect", which focuses on people being stronger when they pull together.
Dogs joined their owners for a walk around Timaru yesterday, with many of the canines leading the way.
There was Daniel Sullivan and his dog Macey, Paula Kimble with Teddy, Lisa Ross and Ruffy, and Nicola Pearce with Daisy.
Other walkers without dogs also joined in the event, which began at Kensington at noon.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has revealed New Zealand is rated 22nd out of 23 countries for social wellbeing, behind Britain, France, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Estonia.
Figures also show just 30 per cent of New Zealanders interact socially with friends, colleagues, or relatives at least once a week.
Findings also show young New Zealanders who are well connected through social media feel "very disconnected" from their communities.
'Connect' is one of "five ways to wellbeing", according to the MHF.
The others are to give, to be active, to keep learning and to take notice.
The MHF recognises many people feel they are too busy to add more activities to their already busy lives.
It believes wellbeing can be significantly boosted by doing little things, such as making a personal phone call a day, reading to a child, or dog-walking with friends.
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