It is normal to not feel right all the time during this period of isolation. It’s not easy to return to New Zealand and be unable to do what you want straight away. It’s understandable to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, or anxious.
These are difficult and challenging times. Everyone will respond differently: some may find it harder than others. The ways people think, feel and behave are likely to change over time – we all have good days and bad days. So, it’s important to look after your mental health, as well as your physical health.
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.
Free counselling service
If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. In the first instance you should talk to the on-site nurse or health staff. You can also call or text Telehealth on 1737 for support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing. This service is free, and you can call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a trained counsellor.
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.
The Ministry of Health’s website has more information and resources to support your mental wellbeing, as well as information about organisations that can help if you need extra support.
Tools and apps
The Ministry of Health is funding free online tools and apps over the next couple of months as part of the COVID-19 response, to help you with your mental wellbeing.
Mentemia is an app that you can use to monitor, manage and improve your mental wellbeing by setting daily goals and tracking your progress.
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 webinars about health and wellbeing.
Melon Manual is a website to support young people, with videos, tips, worksheets, shareable social media illustrations and a mini-course on managing anxiety.
Staying on Track is an e-therapy course that teaches you skills and strategies to manage worry, stress and keep the wellbeing of you and your whānau on track.