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


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

Workshop Participant
Twizel, June 2023.

It’s great to get the conversation going

It's great to get the conversation going, begins to make you think about personal experiences and how you could do things differently in the future

Workshop Participant
Christchurch, June 2023

I learnt some better ways to initiate conversations

I have some experience with people with mental health issues, and this reaffirmed some of what I know, but more importantly, I learnt some better ways to initiate conversations and how to have some separation as a manager and not become too involved, but still be compassionate and caring.

Workshop Participant
Auckland, September 2022

Very interesting.

Very interesting. It's good to know work cares.

Workshop participant
Waitotara, Nov 2020.

Format with work colleagues puts us all at the same level of insight to help.

Format with work colleagues puts us all at the same level of insight to help.

Workshop participant
Wellington, February 2021

Fabulous resource for everyone!

Fabulous resource for everyone! No matter what job you're in.

Workshop participant
Hamilton, October 2020.

I feel much better equipped to start a conversation.

I enjoyed this training: The presentation; the facilitator; and feel much better equipped to start a conversation.

Workshop participant
Te Puke, March 2021


Best formal health training I’ve been involved in. Professional and personal experience of facilitators added value.

Workshop participant
Auckland, April 2021

Incredibly beneficial.

We should roll this out to our whole company. Incredibly beneficial.

Workshop participant
March 2020

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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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