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.

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.

The results are starting to speak for themselves.

Read more about the GoodYarn Programme

Our Mission

Getting people talking about mental health. “Oranga korero”


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

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

Down to earth approach to mental health.

Down to earth approach to mental health.

Workshop Participant
Wellington, November 2018

Very relaxed, informative & interactive.

Very relaxed, informative & interactive.

Workshop Participant
Taranaki, October 2018

Latest News

Workplace mental wellness boosted with GoodYarn’s strategic partnerships

July 8, 2019

The urban version of the iconic GoodYarn rural mental wellness programme will be expanded into more of New Zealand’s workplaces with the announcement of two new strategic partners. Synergy Health and Education Unlimited have been selected following a nationwide search for the right partners to help take GoodYarn to a broad variety of urban workplaces. […]

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GoodYarn at Fonterra

July 6, 2019

Fonterra’s milk tanker drivers spend many hours working alone at all times of the day, and are often the only Fonterra employees farmer shareholders will see on a day-to-day basis. The global dairy co-operative’s Health and Wellbeing Manager for New Zealand’s sites, Terry Buckingham, says their drivers reported they wanted some support to better manage […]

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Your donation to GoodYarn will help us reach more people in New Zealand workplaces & communities who will benefit from our unique peer-led mental health workshops.