Updated: Sep 15
(We'll be constantly updating this article with extra resources, so watch this space)
We hope you are well and safe.
Although we are all in Alert Level 4, we know that we are not all living the same experience, and we want to acknowledge that whatever way you are feeling, that’s okay. But remember, we’ve been here before, we've thrived and we can do this again together.
It's important to look after your overall wellbeing, and the Mental Health Foundation Five Ways to Wellbeing provides some great strategies to help us get through.
We've compiled a list of useful resources to support our community. This list was sent to our newsletter subscribers originally. If you are not a subscriber yet, you can sign up here. For official up-to-date information, the best source is the COVID-19 website.
We are here for you too through our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkTree, LinkedIn), resources on our website and our 24/7 Anxiety Helpline 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY). If you are feeling stressed or anxious and need to talk, wāea mai ki a mātau - give us a call!
Be kind and look after yourself, whānau and friends 🌷
The Anxiety NZ team
USEFUL COMMUNITY SERVICES LINKS
Mental wellbeing support
Le Va’s #catchyourself suite of practical resources and information on how to manage through the impacts of COVID-19
Te Pou’s range of COVID-19 resources
Family and whānau support
A comprehensive guide from Unite Against Covid-19 with a variety of welfare services
Asian Family Services - Resources on Asian Wellbeing and support to our Asian community, including Asian Helpline (0800 862 342) available in ten languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Hindi and English.
Diversity Counselling New Zealand - Free Counselling/Psychology Service in response to COVID-19 for Migrants and Former Refugees. Call/text 021-0262-5587 between 9am-5pm to access their services or email email@example.com
Family Services Directory – Food banks and community services in Auckland
Foodbank New Zealand - An online directory of NZ nationwide foodbanks you can contact for food assistance and links to other organisations that can help with budgeting, housing and other services.
The Foodbank Project - an online donation platform in New Zealand where people can buy food items that are donated to food banks to be given to Kiwis in need, and also request support.
Family Services - A nationwide directory of service providers that can help you and your family
Support for Parents/Caregivers by Anxiety NZ – resources to support parents with anxious kids
Parent Help - Support and helpful strategies for parents. Helpline available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm - 0800 568 856
SHINE - Domestic violence support & info. 24/7 Helpline 0508 744 633
0800 Hey Bro – Assistance for men who feel they’re in danger of harming a loved one or whanau member - 0800 439 276 – 24/7
TikTok Family Toolkit - TikTok and Netsafe have partnered to develop this toolkit to help whānau navigate some of the challenges and have fun. We know parents want more support and this is a handy guide
Managing screen time - Netsafe has put some advice together to help families work out what’s the right amount of time for their kids to spend online
Online privacy - While people are spending more time on the internet, it’s a good time to look at the simple things that will improve privacy and help establish good online safety behaviours.
Unite against Covid 19 Health and Wellbeing page
Support for workers
Staying mentally healthy when working from home - Guidance for workers who do office-type work in their home, or an equivalent location, rather than at their business premises by WorkSafe
Work and Income – Covid-related wage subsidy and family assistance.
Support and self-help tools for young people
SPARX is a computerised self-help programme intended to help people aged 12-19 who may be feeling down
Mental Wealth by Le Va provides online resources to help young people look after their mental health, and includes online counselling
The Lowdown provides videos and articles about anxiety and depression and also includes support through a free 24/7 helpline, text and webchat
·Aroha is a chatbot to help young people cope with stress
Youthline provides support for young people via the fee call service, text and webchat
Melon Health provides online tools and resources to help people manage stressful times, and also has an app available for download
Sparklers is a free online toolkit of wellbeing activities for tamariki Years 1 to 8.
1737 is a free service for any New Zealander, including young people, that may be feeling down, anxious, a bit overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone. People can call or text for free 24/7.
Activities to keep the bubble fun and healthy
Home learning AND working at home – Tips by Sparklers to balance working and learning from home for the sake of parents and children.
Outdoor Activities Worksheet by Sparklers - Getting outside helps us feel better. This activity sheet brings fun ideas to get active right outside your backdoor with your bubble + Wellbeing activities for the whānau
A collection of activities by Dementia Hawkes Bay – Printouts, word searches, quizzes, resources and more.
Quizzes by Grandparents – Free daily trivia with questions from New Zealand