There’s al­ways time for a cuppa

Northern Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

Res­i­dents of Hu­runui and Kaiko¯ ura are be­ing en­cour­aged to look af­ter their well­be­ing by tak­ing a break and shar­ing a cuppa with friends.

The All Right? cam­paign’s Tea for Two ini­tia­tive pro­motes the value of shar­ing a mo­ment with friends, wha¯nau and neigh­bours over a cup of tea.

All Right’s Hu­runui-based health pro­moter Leanne Bayler said sit­ting down for a cuppa could be a great place to start a con­ver­sa­tion and help lighten the load.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing what sit­ting down for a good cup of tea with a friend can do. It can be an instant mood booster, al­low­ing us to take a break, un­wind, and just have a chat,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not a cure-all, but there’s some­thing magic about brew­ing up a cuppa and tak­ing 10 min­utes to recharge, re­fo­cus and talk things through.’’

Kaik­oura-based health pro­moter Rachel Vaughan said Tea for Two had its ge­n­e­sis in North Canterbury.

‘‘Our com­mu­ni­ties hold many of the an­swers when it comes to look­ing af­ter our men­tal health and well­be­ing.

‘‘Dis­cus­sions with lo­cals over the last six months has made it clear that one of the best ways All Right? can sup­port peo­ple is to en­cour­age them to get to­gether and talk things through.

‘‘Shar­ing a cuppa is one of those quin­tes­sen­tial Kiwi tra­di­tions. That small act of putting the ket­tle on and sit­ting down with a hot cup of tea and a mate re­ally can make us feel bet­ter.’’

The next time you or some­one you know looks like they need a rest and a chat, those three words ‘‘Fancy a cuppa?’’ can help do a world of good.

As part of the Tea for Two cam­paign, Rachel Vaughan and Leanne Bayler will be dis­tribut­ing en­velopes con­tain­ing two tea bags through­out the re­gion — and the or­gan­i­cally grown English Break­fast tea is sourced lo­cally, from Ker­rindale in Ran­giora.

Hu­runui and Kaiko¯ura res­i­dents can also go to www.all­right.org.nz/re­sources to or­der free Tea for Two packs.

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All Right?’s Hu­runui-based health pro­moter Leanne Bayler shares a cuppa with her Kaik­oura coun­ter­part Rachel Vaughan.

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