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All Right? Campaign update: September 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, wellbeing, resilience, men, migrants

Kia ora

Welcome to Spring, Ōtautahi! Bring on the longer days and the warmer (and hopefully much drier!) weather.

We’re asking men to think about what it means to be a man in Aotearoa in the 21st Century during September.

Is it about being strong, silent and stoic, or is there more to it? What about some character traits of men that don’t get as much attention, like being caring, kind and creative? Are these manly as too? We think so!

The All Right? team

Showing your caring side… Manly as

We reckon it’s about time to get over traditional stereotypes, stop bottling up our emotions, and start redefining the new Kiwi man.

Our new ‘Manly As’ campaign celebrates the broader roles and strengths lots of men have which often don’t get the attention they deserve. This includes things like showing kindness, being a good listener, and caring for others. Others value these traits and men should too!

We don't think you need abs of steel, an obsession with sport, or a fancy man cave to be a real man. Showing your caring side - manly as.

My mate Greg

By All Right? special correspondent Johnny Moore

This is Greg. He’s my mate. Probably my best mate. He’s also married to my sister Anna. He’s the father of my niece and nephew.

I reckon Greg’s a great bloke… I think he’s really brave for having stood up and letting somebody use his image to promote mental health; to promote the message that it’s ok to not feel ok; to promote the idea that we need to talk about mental health.

Greg is manly as and he’ll talk about feelings all day long. Believe me, he can talk for days on end. If you can get a word in you’ll feel much better – I promise. 

You can read Johnny's full article on the All Right? website.

My mate Greg.

Translations celebrate culture and wellbeing

Asayal Almutairi.This week All Right? released translations of the Five Ways to Wellbeing into eight different languages: Farsi, Nepali, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Arabic, Hindi and Somali. The translations were worked on collaboratively with members of all eight communities.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of simple actions proven to boost the way we feel, even when times are tough. They are:

  • Keep Learning,
  • Take Notice,
  • Be Active,
  • Give, and
  • Connect.

A poster and pocket-sized resource have been created for each of the eight languages and can be ordered online.

At yesterday’s launch Ahmed Tani from the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Council said the resources will help support different communities talk about what it means to be happy and well.

"Positive actions lead to positive emotions…. My identity and self-worth are for me to decide, not other people." - Asayal Almutairi.

“If you don’t know how to look after yourself how can you look after other people?” - Jane Song.

"Wellbeing is not just about being physically well. It’s about improving all aspects of your life." - Chang Yu.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Nature is key!

The arrival of September means that Mental Health Awareness Week is now only a month away! The theme this year is Nature is Key.

Nature is great for your wellbeing! Spending time with nature makes you feel happier and more optimistic, restores you when you're feeling run down, reduces stress, improves life satisfaction, and much more.

Pre-order your MHAW resources or register for updates on the Mental Health Foundation website.

All Right?We're always keen to hear your stories, thoughts and ideas. Get in touch with All Right?

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Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch