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All Right? Campaign update: August 2018

Wednesday, August 01, 2018   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, resilience, mental wellbeing, men

Last year the All Right? crew went where no Ōtautahi based mental health and wellbeing campaign had been before... Our Manly As campaign set out to challenge the old stereotypes of manliness and celebrate the broader personality traits that don't seem to get the attention they deserve - like showing you care, and being a good mate.

From today we're pushing the waka out even further. Manly As 2.0 encourages men to be themselves in whatever form that takes. We hope you like it!

Arohanui,
The All Right? team

Being Yourself? Manly As

Unfortunately many blokes still believe that to be a man they need to live up to the whole ‘harden up’ or ‘get over it’ mentality.

Suppressing the real you in order to live up to the expectations of your mates or society can be incredibly damaging. We need to move beyond those narrow stereotypes of the past and look to the future of manliness.

We're not saying that it’s bad to be a strong, silent type – rather it’s saying if that if this isn’t you, then that’s all right. You don’t need to fit into the mould.

It’s time to put as much focus on growing mental fitness as we do to our physical fitness. Now that is Manly As.

Meet James - he reckons things have moved on

Builder James Milne is one of the Canterbury men we've photographed for our Manly As campaign. He says often the way the media portray men – through movies or television – is just full of clichés.

“They’re either strong and muscular, or rich and overweight with a beautiful wife. It’s not really reflective of real life. I feel like the expectations for men have moved on,” says Milne.

As for the advice Milne would give to a younger version of himself? “Be true to yourself and comfortable not to follow the crowd. I think that’s becoming more acceptable and we need to encourage that.”

Meet Matt - nothing is out of bounds in his chair

Owner of My Father's Barber Matt Brown is stepping up and showing what modern manliness looks like.

Nothing is out of bounds in his chair. It's where his clients and friends come to chat about what's going on in their lives, their problems, and their successes.

Matt's a firm believer that sometimes all it takes to help out a mate is to listen and show you care.

Talking about stuff and being there can make a big difference. It's Manly As.

The impacts of quakes in Hurunui and Kaikoura

Our latest research shows that the impacts of the earthquakes are still being felt by many in Kaikoura and Hurunui.

In April 2018 we interviewed 300 Kaikoura and Hurunui residents to find out how they’re doing and the issues being faced following the 2016 earthquake series.

In Hurunui the research highlights the huge ongoing impact the drought has had, while in Kaikoura it's road closures that are a continued source of stress and frustration.

Get more information from the following infographics:


Mauri Ora

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