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Cigna supports mental health for Kiwi kids

Cigna New Zealand has partnered with Life Education Trust to support mental health education in schools. The children’s mental and physical health charity is conducting a new evaluation project to gain a better understanding of the daily challenges faced by Kiwi kids.

Cigna New Zealand Chief Executive, Gail Costa says the 2018 360 o Cigna Well-Being Survey showed that Kiwis are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their personal well-being and that of their families. “We’re delighted to be supporting Life Education Trust help educate our communities on the importance of taking care of your health and wellness.”

Life Education Trust Chief Executive John O’Connell says the insights from the project will help shape the work the charity does to support children throughout New Zealand. “At our recent national conference, the Children’s Commissioner laid down the challenge for us to ensure we are child-centred and include children’s voices in our plans,” says O’Connell. “This project will capture the voices of more than 30,000 children each year, helping us understanding their changing attitudes, beliefs and knowledge. We will be able compare the challenges children face in different parts of New Zealand and, with Cigna’s help, ensure they have the support they need.”

Cigna’s research showed that 8 in 10 Kiwis are affected by stress and only half of New Zealanders feel they can take care of their children’s health and well-being.

“Education about stress and how to take care of your mental well-being is really important for our young people living in today’s demanding environment,” says Costa. “Cigna is proud to partner with community organisations like Life Education Trust that work to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.”

“We’re thrilled to create a partnership with Cigna enabling us to invest and understand more about children’s health and well-being needs,” continues O’Connell. “We can build on Cigna’s existing health and well-being research and extend this to New Zealand’s children, creating a partnership from our shared goals.”

In addition to the evaluation project, Cigna will support Life Education Trust’s in-school initiatives and will assist in the development of new programmes based on topics such as mental health.

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