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Get ready! Pink Shirt Day is Friday – 26 May

Pink Shirt Day is Friday 26 May 2017. Join people around New Zealand to Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying. Visit www.pinkshirtday.org.nz to register your school, workplace or community group and celebrate Pink Shirt Day. Toolkits and free resources will help you make the most of the day.


Get ready for Pink Shirt Day

Global anti-bullying initiative Pink Shirt Day helps create safer schools, workplaces and communities

On Friday 26 May, New Zealanders are asked to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying.

New Zealanders can show their support by wearing pink and organising activities within their school, workplaces and communities to celebrate diversity, promote positive relationships and raise awareness and understanding of bullying.

Last year more than 300 schools, workplaces, community groups and well known New Zealanders participated in the campaign, making it the largest since 2009 when Pink Shirt Day was first launched in New Zealand. This year with more than a month to go before the day, more than 400 have already registered making it a record year.

Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive Shaun Robinson says while everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and respected, bullying is a significant problem in New Zealand.

“Bullying can have serious and ongoing impacts on our mental health and wellbeing.

“We know that students who are bullied are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety and avoid going to school.

“Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex experience high rates of bullying, particularly at school.

“In the workplace, bullying harms workers’ health, wellbeing and ability to do their job.

“As New Zealanders, we all have the responsibility to stand together to ensure everyone feels safe and valued. When we stand together, no one stands alone.”

Any school, workplace or community group can register for Pink Shirt Day 2017 at pinkshirtday.org.nz. By registering by 1 May, participants go in the draw to win five official Pink Shirt Day 2017 t-shirts designed by Mr Vintage.  Toolkits and free resources are available. The resources are designed to help schools and workplaces get the most out of the day. Official Pink Shirt Day 201 t-shirts designed by Mr Vintage t-shirts will available at www.mrvintage.co.nz.

For more information or to register go to www.pinkshirtday.org.nz

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About Pink Shirt Day

  • Pink Shirt Day supports schools, workplaces and communities to be safe, welcoming and inclusive for young people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.
  • Pink Shirt Day originated in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. Two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying and mobilised their whole school after a student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink.
  • Since 2012, Pink Shirt Day has been led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.

Pink Shirt Day 2017 Video

Watch our Pink Shirt Day video to hear from just a few of the many champions who were involved last year, and see what they did and why. On the www.pinkshirtday.org.nz homepage or https://youtu.be/-gzRsUAkjqo

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Article type: Meetings and events
Start date: May 26, 2017

Contact Name: Pink Shirt Day team

Contact Email: pinkshirtday@mentalhealth.org.nz