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

Most practical workshop

Most practical workshop I've been part of, with tangible steps offered.

Workshop Participant
Dunedin, February 2019

Latest News

Bayer ANZ Self-Care Challenge culminates in $35,000 charity donation

November 22, 2021

Great to see workplaces stepping up to support the mental health & wellbeing of their staff as well as the organisations that can provide support. Last month Bayer ANZ launched a 21-day self-care challenge for employees across NZ and Australia. For every employee participating they made a $35,000 donation split across three charities chosen by […]

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Massive boost for GoodYarn in the Waikato with $100,000 from Trinity Lands.

October 11, 2021

The Good Programmes Trust, home of GoodYarn, has been strongly endorsed for their work on mental health literacy with a $100,000 boost from Trinity Lands. GoodYarn is a compact mental health workshop that helps participants to know the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses, build confidence to identify it, talk about it, and know […]

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