We’ll keep your people, keeping your people well.


CoLiberate is working to upgrade the emotional and mental health capability of our nation! We run wellbeing workshops and Mental Health First Aid Courses for organisations and community groups. Our services are designed to bring people together and create a culture of shared empathy, understanding and acceptance of who we are, how we are… wherever we are! We have created a game-changing service that gives permission for people to engage with mental and emotional health and is saving lives.

We’re a social enterprise, which means we put the people before profit. Our profit gets reinvested back into supporting the people within this organisation and the unsung heroes who are already doing this mahi. Mental health, wellbeing and our ability to keep people, keeping their people well is not something we profit on.
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. We are an accredited social enterprise through the Ākina Foundation.

Our kaupapa is full embodiment of people care processes, people first culture, support-based leadership, openness, and valuing of lived experience. Our foundations are in radical inclusive theatre-making processes, learning by doing and friendship.


Our core company values hold us together: Bold | Open | Empathy | Collaboration


We are an accredited living wage organisation. In honour of CoLiberate’s values and commitment to a non-hierarchical system, every employee is paid the living wage.

Our Story

Co-founders Bop, Sarah and Jody, are alumni of the accelerator programme, Live the Dream which helped launch CoLiberate’s first Mental Health Gym in 2016. With thanks to Urban Dream Brokerage, CoLiberate were able to provide low-cost emotional workouts for 18months at their 111 Customhouse Quay location. When the studio closed in April 2018, CoLiberate took their ’emotional workouts’ to their second studio at 39 Webb Street where they are currently developing the next iteration of the Wellbeing Gym to provide their offerings at the largest scale possible across all of New Zealand by 2020.

As well as offering in-house wellbeing sessions, they expanded in their first year to include wellbeing culture training within organisations. They deliver Mindwork Bootcamps to help workplace teams recognise and respond to stress and reduce burnout;  Mindfulness with Clay workshops for stress reduction, and consent education workshops.

In October 2017, Ko Awatea accredited Jody Burrell to lead the facilitation of New Zealand’s Mental Health First Aid Certificate. CoLiberate is now the lead providers for the Wellington and Palmerston North regions. After a couple of months, the demand for this service qualified them to expand and deliver the certification in organisations across New Zealand.

Our Values





Young Innovators of the Year
Health and Science Category


Named Top 5 Influencers working in Health Science


1 of 11 globally invited to attend

  • CoLiberate are accredited providers for
    New Zealand/Aotearoa Mental Health First Aid Certified by KoAwatea, Manukau DHB


  • Certified social enterprise through the Ākina foundation


  • Living Wage accredited.

Our People

Jody Burrell
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator



Bop Murdoch
Sales Manager



Sarah Tuck
Head of Marketing & Communications



Rosie Sievers
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator 


Grainne Patterson
Director of Service Delivery



Rachel Baker
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator



Tamara Buckland
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator 


George Johnston
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator



Ya-Wen Ho
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator



Justin Connor
Strategic Advisor


Our Pepeha

E mihi atu ana ki ngā maunga e tū nei, ko Ahumairangi ki uru, ko Matairangi ki rāwhiti. He mihi hoki ki te moana ahurei kei waenganui, ko Te-Whanga-nui-ā-Tara tēnei.

Tihei mauri ora!

Our Partners

Sam O’Sullivan

Clinical Psychologist
Co-founder of Tough Talk

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