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All Right Campaign update for February 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: mental health, resilience, mental wellbeing

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2014, we hope your year has got off to a stunning start. 

The All Right? team has already been super busy making progress on a large number of projects.  Our new website is in the final stages of being built, we are weeks away from releasing our next phase of research and have a range of new tools in the final stages of development and distribution.

Noho ora mai rā, nā the All Right? team.

Marking 22 February

It's hard to believe we are already in February - a tough month for so many people in Canterbury and around the world as we approach the third anniversary of the 22 February earthquake.

We know mental health and wellbeing can be affected by anniversaries post disaster so All Right? has created a number of tools to help people mark the day in their own way.

The key thing for us is acknowledging the broad range of emotions Cantabrians (and others affected) are feeling at this time. 

These have been made into Facebook covers and advertisements.  We're hoping that by seeing and sharing these emotions Cantabrians will see that others are feeling the same way they are and take some comfort from that. So if you or your organisation has a Facebook page, please do use the covers  and 'like' and 'share' them. 

We have also developed this graphic that can be used as a Facebook profile picture or elsewhere to commemorate the anniversary - again please use and share this widely.

It's an easy way to show Canterbury that you haven't forgotten and that you do care.




On the anniversary itself, we will be supporting the River of Flowers. This sees Cantabrians place flowers in rivers and waterways across our city.

We've created a number of cards which people can use to write messages of hope on and tie them to the Trees of Hope that will be at each of the 15 sites.

Whatever you're doing on February 22, please do take at least a moment to reflect, connect, and remember.  We have come a long way since those dark days but know we have a long way still to travel on the road to recovery. Know that it's normal to be experiencing a huge range of emotions three years on and there is help available for anyone who is Not All Right?

Time to be kind as gap widens 

All Right? and the New Zealand Red Cross put out this joint press release urging people to look after themselves and each other.

Australian disaster psychologist, Dr Rob Gordon (who works for New Zealand Red Cross) says the fourth year of recovery after any big disaster brings new pressures.

"Typically by this stage our circumstances are becoming much more varied. Some feel they're well on the way to having damage and problems resolved and making a new life, while others haven't been able to get started yet," says Dr Gordon.

He says that means we need to preserve patience and tolerance and reserve judgement of others who are not in the same situation as ourselves.

Public health specialist for the All Right? project, Dr Lucy D'Aeth, says soon to be released research backs up Dr Gordon's advice.

"Preliminary results from All Right's latest research suggest the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots", those who are recovering well and those who are 'stuck', is growing," says Dr D'Aeth.

Read the rest of the release.

Tiny adventures for teeny people

One of our newest resources has been created out of a partnership with SKIP (Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents).

It has been developed after feedback from a wide range of parents showing they often felt time poor and were worried that in the rush to get everything done, it was their kids who were being missed out.  So we thought we'd create something to make it fun and easy to have rewarding, quality time with preschoolers!

The Pack of Tiny Adventures is an awesome tool - inside are cards which contain a range of activities parents can do with their preschool children and some take just a minute.

You can order packs from the Community Health Information Centre.

Going global

Over the past two months we've had a massive push on Facebook to engage a wellbeing conversation and spread the All Right? message.

It's been successful - we've grown our likes by more than 200% (most of them are locals) and are attracting attention from around the world.

Recently we were featured in the Huffington Post and we are fielding inquiries from international organisations interested in this campaign.

We are humbly rapt at what a chord All Right? has struck with other areas where there have been disasters.  It's becoming more apparent that this is the only campaign internationally (please let us know if you know of another) and we're privileged to share what we've learned with others.

Compliments campaign

Our 'Compliments' campaign is in its final phases and we have been delighted with the feedback to date. 

One of the most popular features was our Free Compliments posters - check out some the feedback we got...

"I work as a clown Dr and in the children's ward today we used these compliments as part of our 'rounds'. I cut them from The Press. We had lots of fun letting children and parents randomly pick a compliment and then basked in the joy of complimenting each other as well as pretending to be ninjas and frolicking in fields etc. Thanks for all you do".

"I saw your tags hanging up down Riccarton Road and picked up one. I saw this beautiful elderly lady walking by herself through the mall so I departed my friends and I passed her the tag and I said to her "You are amazing. Even when you don't always think so". She put her arm around me and gave me a big, genuine smile and said I was the nicest young lady she had ever met. It was a very nice feeling seeing someone I didn't know light up and pay a compliment back to me. Love this campaign you guys have going. Ka pai!"

"I came across one of the new posters yesterday - about giving compliments.  Fantastic, loved it.  I gave my daughter the one about volunteering in the Hunger Games for her.  She's been a bit moody recently and she laughed so hard.  She also got the message.  Anyway, wanted to say hi and thanks. Great job you guys are doing!"

Meet our All Righties!

We have recently brought the All Righties from our posters to life by creating large heads from them that draw attention to All Right? when we are out and about at community events. 

The All Righties were out and about at the World Buskers Festival and certainly made waves.

"The public reaction to us was really good, people really appreciated what All Right? was achieving. I was surprised when we came across someone who didn't know about the campaign as most people did. Some people knew about it/had seen posters but didn't know what the purpose was (probably about 15% of the people I talked to were like this) so that was a great chance for us to explain it."  Harry - our head All Rightie

Don't are all cooler than pirates and ninjas combined

Thanks for being part of the All Right? team and do get in touch if you want or need anything or have some feedback or ideas for us.

We are all ears,

The All Right? Team

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