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Who could you reach out to today?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, resilience, campaign

You might have noticed on your travels that the latest Getting Through Together campaign, Awhi Mai, Awhi Atu, has hit the streets.

Getting Through Together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti – is a national mental health and wellbeing campaign delivered by Community and Public Health (a division of Canterbury DHB) and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Awhi Mai, Awhi Atu encourages kindness, action and connection (manaakitanga and whanaungatanga) by reminding people of the difference that putting time into our relationships can make to our loved ones and to our own wellbeing too – especially when times are tough.

Who do you love being there for?Awhi Mai, Awhi Atu does this by asking three key questions:

  • Who could you reach out to today?
  • Who always brightens your day?
  • Who do you love being there for?

The campaign emphasises that having connections to people around us helps us get through tough times. Spending time connecting can strengthen our sense of belonging, build resilience, and ultimately, help us feel happier; and that reaching out and helping other people when times are tough can also help us get through.

It encourages people to send a quick text or make a call to someone who may need your aroha today. “It can really mean the world,” says Acting Campaign Manager Sara Epperson.

The little things we do can make a big difference. Building more meaningful relationships doesn’t have to be hard – a simple text, coffee date or dinner with the whānau can be all it takes for someone to know you have their back, and that they have yours.

“We’ve faced more than our fair share of challenges over the last year, and many of us are still feeling a bit flat, hōhā, and tired. Life’s a rollercoaster and there will always be hard times to navigate.

“Spending time growing our relationships with friends and whānau can help us overcome the challenges life can throw at us,” Sara says.

Sometimes we all need a little extra support to get through. Free help and support is available by calling or texting 1737 any time, 24 hours a day.

He ahi muramura, he hokinga mahara
The flickering glow of firelight reminds me

ki te noho tahi a te whānau
of times together with family and friends

e kōrero ana, e waiata ana, e kata ana.
filled with epic stories, songs and laughter.

Inā te ātaahua.
Oh what a time!

Ahakoa ki hea, muramura tonu te ahi, kia Ahikāroa.
Near or far, we burn brightest when we stand together.