We believe mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health.
We are generating an equivalent of a ‘gym’ culture for mental health where it is easy and enjoyable to exercise your mind just as you do your body. 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 an infrastructure that gives permission for people to engage with mental and emotional health in a game-changing way.
We are a social enterprise based in Wellington. We deliver inspiring ’emotional workouts’ every week in our studio and we are the leading providers of New Zealand/Aotearoa Mental Health First Aid Certificate.
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.
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 are 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.