Supporting your own mental wellbeing
If you or those around you are concerned about how you’re feeling or your wellbeing, there is information and tools available to help you feel mentally well and get through.
Although services may be operating a little differently during COVID-19 restrictions, they are continuing to take new referrals and people can still access support if they need it.
- Getting Through Together is a mental wellbeing campaign focused on things we can all do to maintain our mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic (All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation)
- Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 advice and information, and useful top tips to get through (Mental Health Foundation)
- Stories of people’s journeys to wellness and ideas to help you find your own way to better wellbeing (Depression.org.nz)
- Health Navigator NZ has some useful COVID-19 advice but also has advice about a range of more specific mental and physical health issues (including anxiety, low mood, eating disorders, loneliness etc)
- Melon is an app with a health journal, resources and self-awareness tools to help you manage your emotional wellbeing. You can also join their online community to connect with and support others and watch daily webinars about health and wellbeing (Melon Health)
- Mentemia is an app that you can use to monitor, manage and improve your mental wellbeing by setting daily goals and tracking your progress (Mentemia)
- Staying on Track is an e-therapy course that teaches you practical strategies to cope with the stress and disruption of day-to-day life (Just a Thought)
- Working through depression is a personalised online programme that focuses on positivity, lifestyle changes and problem-solving (The Journal at Depression.org.nz)
- Working through problems with Aunty Dee is a tool to work through problems, generate ideas and find a solution (Le Va)
Self-help tools for young people
- Feeling down, worried or stressed (SPARX)
- Learn more about mental health issues (Mental Wealth)
- Recognising and understanding depression and anxiety (The Lowdown)
Concerned about your substance use and/or gambling?
During this time people may be looking to familiar habits or seeking out new ways to cope with feelings and situations. While alcohol or other drugs (substance) use and/or gambling may seem like ways to cope, these behaviours can negatively impact many areas of our lives including our health, wairua (spirit), hinengaro (mind), relationships and overall wellbeing. If you, or those around you, are concerned about your substance use and/or gambling, there are some great resources to help you identify if you need some extra support:
- Is your drinking OK? (Health Promotion Agency)
- Test your drug-taking (Alcohol Drug Helpline)
- Test your gambling (Choice Not Chance)
What if I am already receiving mental health and addiction services or need these services?
Mental health and addiction services will continue to be available. Some services are currently being delivered in different ways such as by video link or over the phone.
If you, or those around you, are already receiving mental health and addiction services, continue to do the things that you know are helpful for your mental health and wellbeing and make contact with the health professional you see most often if you need advice or additional support right now. The online and phone support services listed on this page are also available for you to use.
Talk to your health professional, GP, or free call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor if you need further support.