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Help the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in supporting mental health and wellbeing, especially during Covid-19, by participating in the ‘Feel Good With Flowers’ fundraising campaign which ends on November 14.

By supporting the campaign you’ll also be supporting Aotearoa’s struggling flower growers, whose products are classified ‘non-essential’ by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Each bouquet or bunch of Peonies purchased between October 18 – November 14 at participating retailers (go to https://feelgoodwithflowers.co.nz/peonieswithapurpose

After 18 months of living with the challenges of Covid-19, many Kiwis have battle fatigue as the pandemic rolls on. According to a recent Ipsos study commissioned by MHF, 25% of all New Zealanders currently have poor levels of mental and emotional wellbeing.

Covid-19 has been one of the biggest challenges to our collective mental health in several generations, according to Shaun Robinson, chief executive, MHF.

“The ongoing pandemic is tough on us all and demand for our resources remains high as Covid continues to increase anxiety levels and challenge mental wellbeing for many. We know the importance of keeping communities uplifted and the wellbeing of us all needs to be a major part of the Delta outbreak response across Aotearoa.

“The ongoing pandemic is tough on us all and demand for our resources remains high as Covid continues to increase anxiety levels and challenge mental wellbeing for many. We know the importance of keeping communities uplifted and the wellbeing of us all needs to be a major part of the Delta outbreak response across Aotearoa.”

Demand for MHF resources tailored for Covid-19 last year continues in 2021; resources such as Getting Through TogetherWe’re Awesome Tāmaki Makaurau and Make Me Time continue to resonate with many New Zealanders.

“Connecting with others, our whanau and friends are incredibly important tools to improve wellbeing,” says Mr Robinson. “Covid has challenged this, but we’re constantly amazed by people’s willingness to reach out to each other. Embracing technology to connect is one thing but getting to know your neighbours and support those people in your community who’re in need is vital too. If you’re already supporting others, we celebrate the good work you’re doing.”

Thai-Anh Cooper from Feel Good With Flowers spring time is perfect for spreading that ‘feel good factor’ through Peonies with a Purpose.

“We chose Peonies for this campaign because not only are NZ-grown Peonies among the best in the world the Peony season in NZ is short-lived and much celebrated by retailers and consumers alike. Year after year, these gorgeous blooms generate phenomenal interest and pleasure for so many.

“This campaign allows us to collaborate with NZ Paeony Society in a positive and effective way and give back to those who really need support. It’s also an honour to support MHF, a great charity that is making a big impact on so many lives and it’s our desire to help them achieve even more.”

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