Mental Health & Wellbeing
During times of difficulty or change, or when our new normal seems very abnormal indeed, it’s important to check in with ourselves and ensure we have some practical mental health support.
We are all affected in different ways by extreme situations, some may find the extra time to reset a blessing, where for others, a change in the normal routine can be very unsettling. There’s no right or wrong way to respond, but there are some resources that are available to help us understand how we’re getting on.
The COVID-19 response has included a range of resources designed to help us through difficult times, or if we just need some extra support. We have gather some links to new and useful resources below, but encourage you to also reach out via your network if you need some extra support.
The government has launched a new mental health initiative called ‘Getting through together’, so if you do need support, you can reach out and find resources available on the allright.org.nz website:
For those of you who are able to download apps to your smartphone or device, ex All Black John Kirwan, long standing advocate of mental health has also created an app which he has made available to all Kiwis offering mental health support throughout the COVID-19 crisis. You can find out more and download the app by following this link:
The Mental Health Foundation of NZ is another great resource for Kiwis looking for information or resources to help manage their mental health. It has added a dedicated section in response to the current COVID-19 lockdown and details ways to get help including access to free counsellers.