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If you need help dealing with the impact of COVID-19
With the lockdown, many people will find themselves feeling irritable, frustrated, anxious or worried. These are normal reactions to a very abnormal situation that all New Zealanders are facing together. We may even get angry with the people that we are living with.
CatchYourself aims to equip families with culturally-appropriate information, knowledge and skills to maintain respectful relationships with people in their ‘bubble’ while we stay at home in isolation due to COVID-19.
Visit the Le Va website to access a suite of practical resources and information on how people can manage their frustration or anger, and maintain respectful relationships. Find out more at: www.leva.co.nz/our-work/catchyourself.
Skylight Trust support information e-packs
You might notice your children are behaving differently, or asking questions repeatedly, and wonder if these changes are related to the ‘coronavirus world’ we are now living in. Skylight's COVID-19 support information pack is a useful tool for parents, grandparents and caregivers. It will help with exploring and understanding children’s and teenager’s anxiety and assist in developing some strategies to deal with this. Skylight also has packs for adults which cover understanding anxiety, resilience and looking after yourself. Visit the Skylight website for more information: www.skylight.org.nz.
If you need immediate help, please call:
- Need to Talk? 1737 call or text (mental health, depression, and anxiety counselling)
- Lifeline: 0800 543 354
- Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 | 0508 TAUTOKO; 12 noon to 12 midnight (those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else).
Other services available that offer support, information and help
- Le Va: www.leva.co.nz
- LifeKeepers: www.lifekeepers.nz
- Waka Hourua: www.wakahourua.co.nz
- Aunty Dee: www.auntydee.co.nz free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem or problems; a systematic approach to decision making that is based on structured problem solving
- Depression Helpline: www.depression.org.nz | 0800 111 757, text 4202, 8am–12 midnight
- Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand | www.spinz.org.nz
- What's Up: www.depression.org.nz | [5-18 years] | 0800 942 8787 | 1.00–11.00pm
- The Low Down: www.thelowdown.co.nz | email@example.com | text 5626 | 12noon–12 midnight
- OUTLine NZ: 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity
- Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.nz | list of resources (including videos) | download the bereavement handbook with updated support information
- Kidsline: [up to 14 years] 0800 543 754 (0800 kidsline) | 4.00 - 6.00 pm weekdays
- Youthline: 0800 376 633 | free text 234 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samaritans: 0800 726 666
- Healthline: 0800 611 116
- Supporting Families (can provide support for whanau, bereaved by suicide)
- Skylight (Also gives contacts for people who hold local suicide bereavement support groups)
You can also talk to your GP, local health professional, whānau, or someone you trust.