Getting Through Together / About Getting through together

Getting through together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti is a national mental health and wellbeing campaign brought to you by the team at All Right? – Community and Public Health (a division of the Canterbury District Health Board) and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

This campaign will help New Zealanders get through the COVID-19 outbreak – together. We have three core messages underlying our work:

Distance, not distant. 

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Isolation, not isolated. 

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Aroha from afar.

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Our whakataukī, Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti means we’re working together, as a nation, to pursue our future.

Getting through together is being developed and delivered by a team of individuals, each working from home – juggling time with our kids, pets, whānau and flatmates, worrying about the essential workers in our lives who are still going out to work every day, watching the news and trying to get through. It’s a campaign for you, developed by people who are living this right alongside you. We’ll get through this – together.

We’re a team made up of public health specialists, health promoters, Te Ao Māori experts, community engagement specialists, writers, strategists, digital whizzes, marketers, web developers, and educators. We’re using the expertise we’ve developed over many years – including running All Right? (a world-leading disaster-recovery campaign developed to start a population-wide conversation about wellbeing after Canterbury’s earthquakes) – to share the things we know are important to build and maintain mental health and wellbeing in the toughest of times. We’re counting on you to keep in touch with us and share what you know. We’ll learn what we need to do – together.

Together we’ll learn about what wellbeing means in this new reality we’re all living in. Together we’ll learn what makes us feel good, what is really hard, how to connect with each other, move our bodies and look after each other. Together, we’ll express our gratitude to the workers keeping our essential services running, to the healthcare practitioners caring for our whānau, to the marae kaitiaki, the posties and the truckies, the rest home workers, the dairy owners, petrol station attendants, the checkout operators and the couriers. Together, we’ll find ways for our essential workers to look after their mental health, too.

While we don’t know how long this outbreak will last, we do know that we’re here for as long as we’re needed. We’re connecting with other organisations, groups and communities who are already doing the mahi that matters and working to understand how we can support their work.

We’ll be on your TV, your radio, your social media, in your supermarkets and your pharmacies whenever we can. Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter – we’ll be there every day, getting through together. Register for updates here

Kia kaha, arohanui, mauri tū, mauri ora.