GoodYarn is an evidence-based, peer-delivered, mental health literacy programme for workplaces, both rural and urban, that enables people to talk about mental health.

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The first step in addressing mental health in the workplace is being able to talk about it.

About GoodYarn

GoodYarn is an evidence-based, peer-delivered mental health literacy programme for the workplace – both rural and urban. GoodYarn has three key aims and evaluation indicators:

  • Increase awareness of signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses;
  • Build confidence in starting a conversation where you are concerned; and
  • Improve knowledge of where and how to get help.

The programme is overseen by the Good Programmes Trust which is a registered charity. Our trustees and partners train facilitators within businesses who then deliver 3-hour GoodYarn workshops to their staff.

After 10 years, the results are speaking for themselves.

Read more about the GoodYarn Programme

Our Mission

Getting people talking about mental health. “Oranga Kōrero”


Our Vision

Mental health is part of everyday conversations.


Our Values

Practicality, professionalism, courage, empathy.


You don’t have to be an expert in mental health to talk about it.

Our feedback


Bringing this awareness into the work environment is invaluable. Every workplace should have this experience. Thanks!

Workshop attendee,
Christchurch, May 2024.

Really useful

Really useful, enjoyable and great to do together as a team. Thanks!

Workshop attendee,
Wellington, May 2024.

What a wealth of knowledge

What a wealth of knowledge there is to learn and share no matter your previous knowledge.

Workshop attendee,
Kaitaia, April 2024.


Excellent that it was employees presenting.

Workshop attendee,
Dunedin, November 2023

Well done!

Well done! Loved it was done by our own people.

Workshop attendee,
Dunedin, November 2023


Insightful and a good starting point for people to discuss mental health particularly in Rural NZ

Workshop Participant
Twizel, June 2023.

Latest News

Having a Yarn …

May 1, 2023

This article explains how the GoodYarn Programme is being rolled out across veterinarian practices across Aotearoa/New Zealand with some excellent results. The article was originally published in the April/May 2023 edition of VetScript and kindly shared with us by NZVA.

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GoodYarn Just Got Gooder

May 4, 2022

We love hearing from GoodYarn facilitators and workshop participants about their experiences delivering GoodYarn and being part of a GoodYarn workshop. We receive feedback from facilitators and participants in a number of ways; during facilitator training and in the facilitator training evaluation, in workshop evaluations, and also in emails and conversations with facilitators. Our own […]

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