Your mental health and wellbeing

  COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on our lives. The combination of stress and uncertainty may have affected your mental wellbeing. You may be feeling more sad or worried than you have in the past. This is understandable. There are things you can do to help you feel well mentally and get through.

Get help if you need it

Your whānau, family and friends are important support during this time. But if you need more help, you are not alone. There are services and support for you.

Caring for yourself and whānau

Support your mental wellbeing

There are many things you can do to boost your mental wellbeing while you're in isolation, and that of those around you:

  • Stay connected to whānau and friends 
  • Acknowledge it is a challenging time and recognise how you are feeling - it is ok to not be ok 
  • Be kind to yourself 
  • Move your body and get fresh air - staying active is important 
  • Maintain your routines if possible and limit time online 
  • Reach out for help if you need it 

If you live alone reach out to a friend or member of your whānau who can be your buddy during your isolation period and check in with you by phone or text message every day.

If you feel like you are not coping

If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. There are helplines available that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Need to Talk? — free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Youthline — call 0800 376 633, free text 234
  • What's Up? — call 0800 942 8787 — a safe place for tamariki and rangatahi to talk.
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Depression and Anxiety Helpline  0800 111 757 or free text 4202 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions.
  • For Pacific communities, mental health support is available by calling 0800 Ola Lelei – 0800 652 535.

Additional mental wellbeing resources

Help and Support 

Call the COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 (24 hours 7 days a week) and always call 111 in an emergency.

There are other support options and resources available that can help you and your whānau during this time.  

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