Kia ora Garin Whānau

This week we have been thinking of the seniors, who have been sitting their derived grade exams. This can be a really stressful time of year for some, and a lot of mahi for our seniors, so ka pai for making it through the week! Hope it went well, and that you get the grades you want.

On that note, here is a fitting whakatauki –

Ki te whakaarohia ka taea. Ki te whakaarohia rānei kāore e taea. He tika koe.

If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right.

This talks about the power of one’s mind and the importance of having belief in oneself. Self talk is a massive thing, and sometimes when we are feeling worried, or anxious our self-talk goes bad.

Remember your thoughts fuel your emotions, so it is pretty hard to feel good when your thinking is bad. This is something you can control (it just takes a bit of practice!) and this whakatauki is a reminder of that.

If you want to know more about how to do this, get in touch with one of the team and we can talk you through it.

Also a reminder that next week is Mental Health Awareness week. The theme is reconnect. For me, reconnection means hugging my son, seeing my friends, getting out in nature and walking my dog. What does it mean to you?

Reconnection is a great way of practicing self-care, which is vital for maintaining good wellbeing.

During Mental Health Awareness Week we are fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation who do great work for promoting mental wellbeing, providing education, advice and advocacy here in Aotearoa, they have an awesome website, full of great stuff, so do check it out. On the Friday, which is the last day of term, we celebrate a Garin Gumboot Friday. If you donate to this Gumboot Friday every cent goes to counselling for young people, which we think is totally awesome! It makes a real difference to so many rangatahi in Aotearoa.

These are two organisations really close to our heart, so remember to show the Garin values of Generosity and Aroha, and dig deep to give to these great causes.

If you want to donate, the bank account for the Mental Health Foundation can be found here. Gum Boot Friday Fund is here. Te Wahi Hauora and the Hauora leaders are also happy to collect donations throughout the week, alongside the proceeds for our Thursday Bake Sale already going to the Mental Health Foundation, and Friday activities and Bake Sale going to Gumboot Friday. Garin’s Mental Health Awareness Week poster is here and the Mental Health Awareness Week Timetable is here.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more please feel free to email Kate.

Have a happy and healthy weekend, not much of the term to go, and see you next week for Mental Health Awareness Week!