All Right? mental health strategist Ciaran Fox says tough times affect each of us differently and we all work through them in our own way and at our own pace.
“It’s all right to feel upset, angry, helpless or on edge following the attack on our Muslim community. These are natural reactions to an extreme and upsetting event,” says Fox.
“Feeling like needing a hug, having a cry and talking it out are natural, healthy reactions. So too is needing to get on with things or taking time out for yourself. They are all important ways we process our experiences.”
The He waka eke noa campaign, meaning - ‘We’re all in this together’, reminds people that we need to be in the same waka, leaving no-one behind. It encourages people to think about where they’re at and that others may be at different stages, feeling and doing different things and that’s all right.
“Many emotions can be brought to the surface following a troubling event. Feeling a range of emotions is natural. Our He waka eke noa campaign highlights some healthy ways people can process what’s happened and look after themselves and those around them.”
Fox says that key to navigating this challenging time is to be aware of how you’re feeling, and to give yourself time to do the things that feel right, such as sharing a cuppa or taking a breather.
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