Protecting your mental health in the age of Covid-19

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how we interact with others, go about our lives, our work, study and many other aspects of our lives. We know that a combination of stress and uncertainty can have significant and wide-reaching impacts on the mental wellbeing of people in New Zealand.

It is normal to not feel all right all the time – it’s understandable to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, anxious or angry during this crisis. Everyone reacts differently to difficult events, and some may find this time more challenging than others.

During this time, you may be looking for new or additional ways to help you feel mentally well and get through. Here you can find information on tools to support your own and others’ mental wellbeing and where to get help if you need it.

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Getting Through Together is a mental wellbeing campaign focused on things we can all do to maintain our mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with practical tips for looking after yourself and your whānau.

Sparklers at Home is an online toolkit for parents, full of fun activities that support the wellbeing of primary and intermediate students.

Whakatau Mai: The Wellbeing Sessions are free, online, community events you can join in real-time.

Visit the website to register for sessions to support your wellbeing and connect with other like-minded people.

The Ministry of Health’s website has information, resources, tools and free apps to support your mental wellbeing, as well as information about organisations that can help if you need extra support.

If you need someone to talk to

If you need to talk, free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor. They’re available day and night.

Other places that can help you if you need someone to talk to:

Depression helpline: Free call 0800 111 757 or text 8681

Alcohol Drug Helpline: Free call 0800 787 797 or text 8681

Gambling Helpline: Free call 0800 654 655 or text 8006

OUTLine: Free call 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) – confidential telephone support for people in the rainbow community, available evenings from 6pm–9pm. Anxiety Helpline: free call 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)