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Kia ora Brenda,

Well it’s been a rocky couple of months - just when we were starting to think we were no longer on shaky ground!

Even before the latest round of shakes, recovery wise we were all in different places. Successful adaption to life after big disasters takes time, and it is normal that the Valentines’ Day shock and its buddies upset many of us.

Recognising that recovery from natural disasters does take time, this week the Government announced that All Right? has three more years of funding ahead of us. We're delighted to have this certainty, and are excited about being able to continue to explore ways to keep wellbeing at the forefront of people’s minds.

Noho ora mai rā,
All Right? team.

It’s all right to be proud of how we have coped

All Right? is lucky to have a really active and engaged Facebook community. Amidst all the shaking a few weeks ago we asked our Canterbury Facebook community what they were feeling after one of the big shakes. The word cloud on the left shows these responses. We then asked the rest of New Zealand how they see Cantabrians and how we've coped. The  word on the right cloud shows these responses.

The moral of the story? We are stronger than we feel and the rest of the country knows it!

Live Brighter

All Right? is having a little makeover. While we’re super proud of what we’ve achieved over the last three years, we know we need to keep things fresh and interesting to stay relevant. We also want to make sure everything we do has a certain look so people know straight away it’s All Right?

…. Drum roll please…

So we’re going to start to ‘Live Brighter’. You might have seen some of these around town…

Live Brighter is about starting where we are, doing what we can and making time for the things that are important. It’s about playing to your strengths and cherishing the good stuff along the way.

One of the first things you’ll see is our resources will have a spotlight shone on them, literally.
We’ll use our wellbeing spotlight…

…to shine the light on things that help people embrace who they are and enjoy greater satisfaction, happiness and enjoyment.
The new approach will allow us to continue to support a wide range of projects while at the same time providing us with a way to tie them all together. We think it’s going to be more than All Right?!

I am... Identity project 

One of the major findings in our research with Canterbury’s Pacific communities is that Pacific women are the heartbeat of the family.

In post-quake Canterbury Pacific women have played a significant role in their communities, creating strong networks and support structures and working to keep Pacific traditions alive with strong family and church networks.
Our research has also highlighted that some young Pacific people born in New Zealand can struggle with their sense of identity.  

All Right? will soon launch our I am... Identity project, which is designed to celebrate identify and its importance to Pacific youth and their wellbeing. Here’s a sneak peak (eagle eyed readers will notice the Live Brighter spotlight shining brightly)…

I am...Identity workshop

As part of the I am... Identity project an identity workshop for young Pacific woman is being held 5.00-8.00pm on the 15 April at CPIT. The workshop has three themes being threaded through it:
  1. Leadership that looks at self-discovery
  2. Culture and Sexual Health that looks at self-worth
  3. Spirituality and Wellbeing that looks at self-confidence.
You can register by contacting Terisa.

Our latest research on Canterbury

In February we released our latest survey on Cantabrians’ mental health as the region recovers from the earthquakes. This research was carried out in November 2015, prior to the February’s Valentine’s Day quake and subsequent aftershocks.

The research showed there was some improvement in how people are feeling since the survey was first carried out in 2012:
  • Fewer respondents reported worrying about another big earthquake happening than in 2012 (42% in November 2015, 54% in November 2012).
  • Fewer respondents were struggling to deal with things that have happened as a result of the earthquakes than in 2012 (28% in November 2015, 46% in November 2012).
The research also showed there was a lot of hope and optimism in the region with 79% of those surveyed saying they felt lucky, 91% happy and 73% were excited about the future.

It’s clear though that the earthquakes and recovery related-stressors were still affecting Cantabrians’ wellbeing, with 61% of those surveyed still grieving for what we’ve lost.

Unsettled insurance claims are having a negative impact on how people feel. More than a third of those with an unsettled claim said their living situation gets them down – nearly three times as many as those with settled claims (12%). And half of those with unsettled claims said their life is much worse than before the earthquakes, compared with 26% of those with settled claims.

While it’s great to see some improvements, it’s clear we still need to focus on the little things that can help improve our mental health.  The recent quakes have further highlighted just how important finding ways to live brighter is.  

You can read the full research here.

Campaign for parents on its way

All Right? is hard at work on another project aimed at supporting parents in greater Christchurch.

It has been informed by research we carried out which suggested many parents were doing it tough - struggling to juggle the demands of looking after their kids, their own parents and themselves while at the same time grappling with ongoing stressors such as insurance claims, school changes and broken roads.

When it came to parenting our August 2015 focus groups found:
  • Parents are uncertain about parenting and their ability to parent well
  • Parents feel they are judged as parents, yet are also judgmental of others
  • Child wellbeing is not well understood by parents
  • Parents are unaware of the impact of their own behaviour on their children and other family members
  • Parents are isolated and this can be self-perpetuating
  • Parents are tired
  • Parents are affected by the ongoing post-earthquake stressors
  • The influence of a parent’s own childhood experience is strong but parents are not always aware of this in relation to their own children
  • Parents have strong ideals about who can give them advice and what advice can be offered Fathers find it difficult to find their place and role as parents
  • Parents have strategies which are working well for them
  • Parents are uncertain about parenting and their ability to parent well
The project will help reassure parents that parenting is extra challenging right now and act as a reminder that there’s no such thing as the perfect parent.  It will encourage parents to look after themselves too (not just their kids) and enjoy the little things that really matter (including snotty nosed cuddles, endless nonsensical jokes and music that’s not to their taste…).  

This work is part of a package of support for parents funded by the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Trust.
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