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Getting Through Together Digest: 10th June 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, resilience, wellbeing

Kia ora. COVID-19 threw a real curve ball at us, but thanks to the efforts of our team of five million, we now have zero cases. Woo-hoo!

Aotearoa has shown that when we come together, we can achieve remarkable things. There are people all over the world looking at what we’ve achieved, and we have every reason to feel proud.

While many people will feel a weight lifted off their shoulders, there are many who will still be worried about what the future holds.

There are thousands of people who have lost their jobs or who are facing considerable uncertainty. There are many Kiwis who are immunocompromised and reluctant to go outdoors.

We’ve shown how kind we can be to one another during tough times. Let’s keep up the kindness New Zealand. We got to zero cases through acting together, let's help all of us to get through this recovery together.

Arohanui,
All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

It's all right to feel stoked

We've played a blinder New Zealand. There'll be more challenges ahead, but we sure can be proud of all we've achieved so far.

All Right? hit the streets to see how you feel about our team of 5 million and our incredible collective achievement (YouTube).

Hapū māmā takes lockdown in her stride

Noho rāhui/ lockdown came as a shock to hapū (pregnant) māmā Saba Khan-Hunt.

Saba says it was the fear of the unknown and lack of control, that made her uneasy in the early days of the country’s move to alert level four.

During noho rāhui, Saba hunkered down at home, and made the most of the extra time she could spend with her family.

Now in alert level one and in her third trimester, Saba is easing back into life outside her bubble, with added caution around where and what she does.

“I think it is really normal to feel nervous and anxious about going back into public spaces. I think the best thing to do is talk through your worries with someone who can help you out.”

Saba has a message for those who come across a hapū māmā in public, too. “Just be mindful of the person... although you’re feeling safe about the environment, they might not be. Just give them space.”

Read more about Saba's story of taking things in her stride.

Get information on how to manage manawa pā/ anxious feelings during this time from the Mental Health Foundation.

Get further advice around wellbeing for parents and whānau from the Mental Health Foundation.

Share the love with free postcards and posters

It’s all right if you’re just not feeling it today. It's also all right if you’re feeling stoked, ka pai or a tad on edge.

Brighten someone’s day by putting wellbeing posters up at your workplace, or anywhere a little empathy could go a long way.

Order your free set of Getting Through Together wellbeing posters today.

Getting your head in the space for learning

On the eve of students returning to school, Ivan, who is the principal of Western Springs College, sent everyone a long and thoughtful email about the difficulties of lockdown and why there was no pressure to return to “business as normal”.

“The number one value here is that if your head isn’t in the right space, learning isn’t going to happen,” Ivan says.

Find out more about how Western Springs College is prioritising wellbeing after noho rāhui/lockdown.

We know that parents, whānau, and students have had mixed thoughts and feelings about returning to school.

Check out this new Mental Health Foundation resource on heading back to kura/ school for practical information to help them cope with this big adjustment.

你好 안녕하세요 xin chào こんにちは  สวัสดี नमस्ते

The team at Asian Family Services (AFS) is made up of a team of trained counsellors, social workers and health promoters. They provide nationwide mental health support to our Asian community in New Zealand.

To offer further support during Covid-19, the AFS team has developed a suite of resources that encourage simple, tangible actions to improve wellbeing, including posters and videos about Mindfulness and Five Ways to Wellbeing in a range of languages.

You can find these resources via;

Those needing support can call Asian Family Services on 0800 862 342 from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Japanese). 

Mauri ora, AFS team! Thank you for the incredible work you do.

Hearing from Third Culture Minds

Growing up and adapting to a new country and culture is challenging enough, without it being made harder by being made to feel an outsider, or that you don’t belong.

Third Culture Minds is a series developed by community advocate and former refugee, Guled Mire. The series talks to young New Zealanders from migrant and refugee backgrounds about their experiences with mental health and racism, and how discrimination around both of these challenges interweaves to make life harder for young third culture minds.

Now more than ever, we need to empower our marginalised communities to tell their own stories to ensure we build a truly inclusive, welcoming society here in Aotearoa, in which everyone is able to enjoy positive mental health. Guled's series does just this.

Check out Third Culture Minds online. Third Culture Minds is funded by the Mental Health Foundation.

Not all right?

For many of us, these new challenges and the loss of our regular routines is causing stress. We want you to know that however you’re feeling, there is someone to talk to and free help available. It’s okay to reach out if you need to - we all need a bit of support from time-to-time.

Call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor anytime - it’s free and completely confidential. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357.

Check out the Mental Health Foundation’s website for further advice on how to stay mentally well during this time.

Until next time, stay well Aotearoa.
And remember, we'll get through this - together.


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