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All Right? Campaign update: November 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, resilience, mental wellbeing, resources, campaign

Kia ora. It's November Ōtautahi, and if you're anything like us you're probably wondering where 2019 got to?!

Canterbury is blooming beautiful in Spring and there's so much on to keep us busy. In amongst all the action please make sure you set aside some time to take it slow, smell the tulips, and appreciate all the little things that can bring us joy.

In other words, it's all right to take a breather!

The All Right? team

Free wellbeing resources available NZ wide

All Right? made resources from He waka eke noa campaign (We're all in this together) available to order for free from anywhere in New Zealand in October.

The campaign highlights the simple things we can do every day to look after ourselves and others – and we're delighted to now be able to share these resources nationwide, in 10 languages!

Big thanks to the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and the Mental Health Foundation for their generous support.

Find out more or order He waka eke noa resources.

Three secrets of resilient people

Life can be tough sometimes, and finding ways to build our resilience helps us to navigate what life throws at us.

In a recent TEDx Talk, Ōtautahi's own Dr Lucy Hone gave her top 3 resilience tips...

  1. Accept that bad things happen.
  2. Find the good in the everyday.
  3. Ask yourself... is a certain behaviour or action helpful or harmful?

It does take work and is not always easy, but as Lucy Hone explains, there are things we can all do to build our resilience.

Sparklers on the telly!

All Right? created our free Sparklers wellbeing toolkit to make it easy and fun for tamariki to learn about mental health and ways to improve it.

We just love visiting schools and seeing the difference it’s making - now you can see it in action for yourself thanks to the wonderful tamariki at Riccarton Primary.

Know an awesome primary or intermediate teacher? Let them know about Sparklers!

Watch the video of Sparklers on Seven Sharp (Facebook).

Get Outdoors!

Countless research reveals the positive affect nature has on our wellbeing. In a nutshell…

  • Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing.
  • Being in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.

Connecting with nature is found to be so beneficial that mental health experts around the world have developed a range of nature-based techniques known as ecotherapy.
Find out more about ecotherapy (Psychology Today).

Get Outdoors Week (16 -24 November) is a national campaign that encourages Kiwis to get out and explore the great outdoors, safely. The campaign is led by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, and the focus is on encouraging people to get off the couch and create some fun memories in the outdoors.

Future focus: Kōrero that matters

All Right? can't wait to share our next project with you. It's under wraps for now, but we can say it....

  • Will be released in November.
  • Will encourage families to talk about feelings and emotions (AND make this fun!).
  • Will help equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be in charge of their own wellbeing.
  • Is being developed alongside child development experts (and a puppet).

It's no accident that we're creating something aimed at enhancing the emotional intelligence of young people. It's well established that increasing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of people at a young age is one of the best ways to prevent mental health problems in the first place.

Stay tuned!

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?

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