About


Our vision is to create a Kiwi culture that is open, supportive and accepting of the many dimensions of mental health.

Think Out Loud aims to stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health in New Zealand. By providing support to local organisations and initiatives, our goal is to increase access to these services for those in need.

We believe that the way to change how mental health is perceived in New Zealand is through the power of people. Kindness is key. You never know what's happening in someone's head or heart. That's why we're encouraging Kiwis to say it out loud. Talk to your friends. Confide in a family member. Smile at a stranger.

Always remember, you are loved, you matter, and the world is a better place with you in it.

Our team

LISA BROUGH

Co-Founder
Being fortunate enough to work for a company that offers a mental health support service, Lisa had access to this at the onset of her anxiety in 2017. Since then, she has witnessed multiple people close to her battle with their own mental health and not be as lucky. The reason for the lack of access was always the same, “I can’t afford it”.

Lisa has always had a nagging feeling that she could be making more of a positive impact on people’s lives, but could never put her finger on what her true purpose was. Until now. Lisa hopes that Think Out Loud will help Kiwis start to feel more comfortable sharing how they feel, and that those they reach out to will welcome their vulnerability with kindness and empathy. Ultimately, she hopes the donations Think Out Loud make will help the people of New Zealand feel supported.

DEAN CHRISTENSEN

Co-Founder
Through Dean's journey of loss and grief, he came to understand how vital positive mental health is, and how important it is to talk about how you're feeling with people you trust. He's learnt that sharing your experiences can be great for your healing journey and improve your quality of life dramatically.

Having previously worked as a personal trainer for many years, Dean has always had a passion to positively impact people's lives through health and fitness. Now as a High Risk Support Worker, he has gained a deep understanding of the seriousness of mental health, and the lack of access to support in New Zealand. Dean's aim is that Think Out Loud will help Kiwis feel comfortable asking for help, and in time hopes to see the stigma surrounding mental health in New Zealand disappear.