There are awesome, everyday things whānau can do together to boost wellbeing.
All Right? research with Māori communities in Canterbury has highlighted the importance of whānau to wellbeing.
Ngā tauira at the wharekura Te Kura Whakapumau i te Reo Tutūru ki Waitaha talked about how doing activities with whānau was seen as preferable to individual pursuits, and of being proud of their reo and how this makes them strong. Whānau is seen as the first source of support for young people.
All Right’s research with Maori communities led to the development of 20 activity cards designed to help people connect with their whānau and culture. As there are five cards for every season, there’s always a fun, family activity that whānau can do together.
Click here to explore Whānau Effect activities
Families and whānau are a rich and valuable source of support for people who struggling with their wellbeing.
Research by the Mental Health Foundation with Maori communities showed that listening to each other’s needs, showing respect, and always including the person who experiences mental health issues, are crucial to supporting wellbeing.
The research led to a project called Ko Au Ko Koe, Ko Koe Ko Au (Meaning I am you and you are me – We are one in the same). Ko Au Ko Koe, Ko Koe Ko Au The project identified five positive ways whānau affect mental wellbeing:
You can view the posters developed for this project here.
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