All Right? Campaign update: November 2016
It’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been two weeks since the the earth started rumbling again. Our hearts go out to those in Hurunui and Kaikoura who are still coming to grips with what’s happened, and also to those both closer to home and further afield who have been badly rattled.
All Right? remains in regular contact with people in the affected communities, and the agencies supporting them, and is providing relevant messages and information to help support people with their wellbeing.
In greater Christchurch itself we remain focused on supporting people to prioritise their own wellbeing and take care of themselves during this challenging time.
He moana pukepuke e ekengia te waka
A choppy sea can be navigated – hang in there.
Noho ora mai rā,
The All Right? team.
Practical tips for coping with a disaster
Going through a disaster takes a toll on all of us and coping is not always easy. Good mental health helps us carry on and deal with all that life throws at us.
Following last week’s quakes All Right? developed a resource containing five practical tips for coping with a disaster.
- Pace yourself and focus on the things that are most important to you. For example, relationships, family/whānau and your health.
- Take time to think about your energy levels. If you are feeling tired or stressed, consider ways you can recharge your batteries. Things like doing some exercise or listening to music can help pick you up – just think about what makes you feel good.
- Try to focus on the things that you can control at the moment. It’s ok to acknowledge things that are beyond your control but focusing on them too much can simply leave you feeling overwhelmed.
- Routines can help us deal with uncertainty and constant change, so try to maintain your daily or weekly routine (if you can). If you can’t, create a temporary one, for example, dinner around the camp table at a particular time each day.
- It’s ok to talk about what has happened and how you are coping. If you are around children or vulnerable people, try to remain calm and positive as they will take their lead from you.
Remember it is all right to reach out for extra support. You are not alone. Just call the Earthquake Support Line 0800 777 846.
Postcards containing these tips can be ordered online.
Ka pakeke te haere, kaua e hemo
Things may be difficult but don’t give up.
Looking back at Mind Your Head
Remember October? It kind of seems like a lifetime ago! Each week All Right? focused on a different element of Mind Your Head – one of our four Live Brighter themes. Here’s how it went…
The first week of Mind Your Head month was all about encouraging people to think about how we’re using technology, it kicked off with the Digital Detox. It was everywhere! Maybe you:
In case you missed it… on Sunday 2nd October between 10am and 2pm thousands of Cantabrians put down their smartphones and backed away from their devices.
It’s safe to say at the outset of this campaign we were a little bit nervous about how people would respond to our screen-free challenge. What we learned was that Cantabrians embraced it.
See an infographic on what people told us about Digital Detox.
Connect with nature
We tied this week into the Mental Health Awareness Week theme of the same name. It was all about encouraging people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. So what did we learn?
We also learnt that Canterbury's (non-scientifically measured) favourite outdoor spot is the Port Hills…
Recharge Your Batteries
Our research consistently shows that people are tired and lacking energy. This week was about promoting things you can do to give your energy levels a boost, like eating well, having good sleep habits, and getting your sweat on. A real highlight was reading all the great ways Cantabrians recharge their batteries.
The answers from people were beautiful to read - from roller skating to catnaps.
Enjoy the Moment
Those who know the All Right? team well know that we’re pretty ambitious, which probably explained why we took on the challenge of taking mindfulness to the masses! The prize for this week was a personalised tour of the stars thanks to our new friends at the Canterbury Astronomical Society, and to win it people had to give an example of something they enjoy giving their full attention to.
We got some pretty inspiring responses just like the previous week's competition including this gem that took out the prize…
"Our lemon tree. You don't force a lemon to leave the tree. You tug gently to see if it's ready to let go. When a lemon is ready to give you everything it has got...it'll come along nicely. Until then, let it be, keep watering and feeding. Be patient and boy, do they give up the juice and the zest when they're ready!"
Whānau Wellbeing Collaboration
All Right? has been very fortunate to receive funding from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to develop some resoruces designed to support families in Ōtautahi. Here’s a brief update of what’s been done so far and what’s coming up…
In June this year All Right? launched a Māori New Year calendar to help celebrate Matariki. The calendar and related activity cards feature a range of seasonal activities that whānau can do together. It was created in response to focus groups which found the things whānau like to do most are activities they can do together, as a family.
Another important aspect of the Whānau Effect work programme has been the development of a video showcasing Hikitia te Hā. Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise anyone can learn which is grounded in Maori values and beliefs.
Helping Tamariki live brighter
In December we will be piloting an exciting new wellbeing resource in three Canterbury schools. All going well we’ll be launching it in 2017 once we’ve incorporated the feedback. We think it’s got a lot of potential so watch this space!
In December we’re holding a workshop with ‘creative types’ from Canterbury’s Pacific community and will be getting their ideas on how All Right? can support wellbeing amongst Pacific families.
Share the love with us this December
All Right? focuses what we do around four Live Brighter themes:
- Find Your Spark (remember our find your hidden strengths campaign?)
- Mind Your Head (see above)
- Share the Love
- Sort Your Habits
We’ve already tackled two of these this year and in December we’ll be Sharing the Love.
You’ll see what we come up with in a few weeks, but the message is pretty simple – it’s great to give your love and your time. Giving makes us happy, is good for our health, and is contagious.
Here’s a teaser…
Making the most of raumati
We’re not just looking forward to December because it will be the start of our Share the Love campaign – December also marks the beginning of raumati (summer). The warmer days and longer nights mean there’s heaps of opportunities to get out and enjoy Ōtautahi.
Check out these Whānau Effect seasonal suggestions if you’re looking for some ideas for things to do:
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