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Buy peonies and support mental health services

Thursday, October 28, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: mental health, funding, mental wellbeing, services, fundraising, campaign

Mental Health Foundation media release: 26th October 2021

Flower lovers rejoice – it’s Peony blooming time again and for the second year running these revered blooms – long known to symbolise compassion – are the floral heroes of a special fundraising campaign, Peonies with a Purpose.

Taking part in Feel Good With Flowers’ fundraising campaign for Mental Health Foundation gives donors an opportunity to not only support mental health and wellbeing, but also Aotearoa’s struggling flower growers, whose products are classified ‘non-essential’ by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Each bouquet or bunch of Peonies purchased at participating retailers between 18th October and 14th November 2021 will see $1 donated to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF).

This will assist the charity in nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of the 580,000 Kiwis who will need its help this year.

Find out more about the Feel Good with Flowers campaign, including details on participating retailers.

Many Kiwis have battle fatigue after 18 months of living with the challenges as the pandemic rolls on. 25 percent of all New Zealanders currently have poor levels of mental and emotional wellbeing - according to a recent Ipsos study commissioned by MHF.

While there’s hardship in the community, sometimes it’s hard to know how to help. That’s where Peonies with a Purpose comes in. As a charitable collaboration between Feel Good With Flowers and the NZ Paeony Society this campaign has at its heart, spreading joy and kindness, and as its purpose, supporting mental health.

COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges to our collective mental health in several generations, according to Shaun Robinson, chief executive, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. “Kiwis by and large have faced this challenge by looking after each other and getting through it together,” he says.

“The ongoing pandemic is tough on us all and demand for our resources remains high as COVID continues to increase anxiety levels and challenge mental wellbeing for many. We know the importance of keeping communities uplifted and the wellbeing of us all needs to be a major part of the Delta outbreak response across Aotearoa.”

Demand for MHF resources tailored for COVID-19 last year continues in 2021; resources such as Getting Through Together, We’re Awesome Tāmaki Makaurau and Make Me Time continue to resonate with many New Zealanders.

“Connecting with others, our whanau and friends are incredibly important tools to improve wellbeing,” says Shaun. “COVID has challenged this but we’re constantly amazed by people’s willingness to reach out to each other. Embracing technology to connect is one thing but getting to know your neighbours and support those people in your community who’re in need is vital too. If you’re already supporting others, we celebrate the good work you’re doing.”

Generosity is vital for MHF to keep pace with the growth in demand for its services, with fundraising allowing the charity to provide information, guidance and develop innovative programmes across the board.

“Lockdowns have reduced our ability to raise funds through events, and we’re extremely grateful for those in the community who continue to find ways to give.” says Shaun.

Thai-Anh Cooper from Feel Good With Flowers says considering the impact of the past 18 months on people’s mental health, spring time is perfect for spreading that ‘feel good factor’ through Peonies with a Purpose.

“We chose Peonies for this campaign because not only are NZ-grown Peonies among the best in the world, the Peony season in NZ is short-lived and much celebrated by retailers and consumers alike. Year after year, these gorgeous blooms generate phenomenal interest and pleasure for so many.

“This campaign allows us to collaborate with NZ Paeony Society in a positive and effective way and give back to those who really need support. It’s also an honour to support MHF, a great charity that is making a big impact on so many lives and it’s our desire to help them achieve even more.”

Thai-Anh says those in the flower growing industry are fortunate to be surrounded by such beautiful products every day that bring joy and happiness. “We want to share this joy with our communities and help lift Kiwis’ spirits. NZ-grown flowers are second to none and we’d love them to be enjoyed by everyone.”