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All Right? Campaign update: October 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, resilience, families, mental wellbeing

Kia ora. What an amazing Mental Health Awareness Week we’ve just had Ōtautahi! Twice as many people signed up with the Mental Health Foundation than last year, and 34,000 Mental Health Awareness Week resources flew out the door! To top it off, the photos people sent in were amazing (like one of the winning entries above!).

Just because Mental Health Awareness Week is over doesn't mean it's time to put the brakes on looking after your wellbeing! Fortunately we can help with that...
You'll find lots of ideas and inspiration to support you look after yourself and each other on the All Right? website.

If you're a parent or caregiver, you don't need us telling you it’s the school holidays! But we would like to remind you that juggling work, family and everything else during school holidays can be incredibly tricky and it's important you give yourself the credit you deserve for getting through it! To help you out we’ve crowd-sourced some ideas for keeping calm when things get stressful. Read on!

The All Right? team

Keeping calm in stressy times

We recently asked our Facebook whānau what they do to keep calm in stressy times. The answers we got were just awesome!

  • My whānau like to take a walk in nature. 🌿 
  • In stressful times we “try” to be grateful for all the amazing things that are happening in our lives. Once we began talking about what we have to be grateful for, it often brings things into perspective.
  • We do biking, gardening and yoga when we’re stressed. My girls love it.
  • Listen to music or read a book. Relax in the sun or go for a walk. I do my yoga once a week which is a great way to let the days frustrations go.
  • Exercise, laugh, rest and share yummy kai with the whanau.
  • My daughter and I like to dance together. And take some deep breathes if needed!
  • We like to snuggle on the couch with a blanket.

There's many more great ideas to read on the All Right? Facebook page.

MHAW at Ara

We’re loving what’s been going down at Ara!

We worked with a group of Ara’s Bachelor of Applied Science students for Mental Health Awareness Week, to get the message across that talking about emotions, when times are good, tough or in between, should be part of everyday life.

Posters were created based on emotions suggested by students and staff as part of the collaboration.

Green Pod Kōrerorero

Have you checked out the #GreenConnectionPod at Tūranga yet?

The Green Connection Pod encourages Cantabrians to come into the inner city and connect with nature and each other. The Pod is the brainchild of The Green Lab, formerly known as Greening the Rubble.

Being in nature has proven wellbeing benefits, and so does connecting with others. It brings together two proven wellbeing boosters – being surround by nature and connecting with others -  to create an oasis of happiness and calm in the middle of the city.

Classroom wellbeing toolkit goes national!

We were stoked that Prime Minister Jacinda Arden came along to West Spreydon School last month to announce the upcoming national roll-out of Sparklers, the All Right? wellbeing toolkit for schools.

Sparklers was created in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes to support year 1-8 tamariki manage worries and big emotions, feel good and be at their best.

It has proven incredibly popular in Canterbury, and it’s great having this recognised at the highest level.

Find out more on Sparklers.

Longer nights and tastier BBQs...

Enjoy the extra evening daylight Canterbury? Or still getting use to the hour of lost sleep?

Whatever you think about Daylight Savings, you have a New Zealander to thank for it. In 1895, scientist George Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society, proposing a 2-hour shift forward in October and a 2-hour shift back in March. While Daylight Savings didn’t happen here until 32 years later, we can all thank (or blame!) Hudson.

There’s a lot of wellbeing goodness you can fit into an extra hour of evening daylight, and a good old kiwi BBQ would be at the top of many people’s list.

All Right? are giving away a $100 bbq pack to make your BBQs even more memorable.
Head to our Facebook Page and tell us one thing you’ll do with the extra evening daylight to enter.

Until next time, e noho rā

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

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