24 August 2021
GBHS Guidance Counsellor
Here we are again in uncertain times, and everyone will respond differently to how this Rāhui is impacting them. It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared. We may need to physically distance ourselves, and that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful and authentic acts of kindness. Aotearoa is known for its manaakitanga and aroha and now more than ever, we need to remember the power of kindness and uniting together.
It’s important not only to look after our physical health, but also look after our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being at the same time. While there are things that we can’t control at the moment, there are things you can do to boost your wellbeing and that of your loved ones.
https://covid19.govt.nz/ A central place for information from the New Zealand Government about COVID-19. Everything you need to know from Alert level updates, media conferences to health and well-being advice and strategies
https://www.netsafe.org.nz/stayconnectedstaysafe/ Netsafe has launched the ‘Stay Connected, Stay Safe’ education campaign to help people have better online experiences during lockdown. #stayconnectedstaysafe encourages people to use and engage with all the different types of technology on offer to help them stay connected and provides tips and advice about how to do it safely.
https://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-best-online-safety-tips-for-lockdown/ As people get used to being home during the COVID-19 lockdown, our devices and the internet will play a big role in keeping us connected to news, entertainment and distraction! To help you stay safe online (and to help with some of the boredom) we’ve put together our best online safety tips to get you through your days at home.
https://sparklers.org.nz/parenting/ Fun wellbeing activities to support whānau to look after their wellbeing and feel good.
https://www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together In tough times it can be hard to know how to feel or what to do. Here we share practical tips for looking after yourself and your whānau.
https://au.reachout.com/ Dealing with uncertainty? Worried about study and exams? Lessons from Lockdown?? ReachOut has it all - select from a number of topics and ReachOut will find the information for you!
https://www.wellbeingsessions.nz/ Whakatau Mai The Wellbeing Sessions, by Changing Minds offer a wide range of free and online wellbeing sessions in real-time, helping to safely support your wellbeing from the comfort of your own space.
www.melonhealth.com Resources and exercises for young people to manage their physical and emotional health.
www.smallsteps.org.nz These tools have been developed to help you to manage feelings of anxiety, stress, or low mood.
www.justathought.co.nz Staying on Track is a free online course to help you tackle worry and stress, so you can take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing.
https://mentalhealth.org.nz/me-time Right now, life might be feeling harder than usual for you. There are lots of ways to describe how you might be feeling - anxious, overwhelmed, hōhā - even a little meh. And, that’s totally understandable. Lockdown is hard – whether you’re surrounded by people, soldiering on alone or heading out to work as an essential worker. Here's one thing you can do that might help: find a little time, every day, to turn some meh time into me time.
Mental wellbeing helplines
There are helplines available that offer support, information and help. All services are free, confidential and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Need to Talk? — free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Youthline — call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What's Up? — call 0800 942 8787 — a safe place for tamariki and rangatahi to talk.
Skylight — call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief
Lifeline — 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline — 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Depression and Anxiety Helpline — 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions.
Anxiety phone line — 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)
Family Services 211 Helpline 0800 211 211 — for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area
OUTline NZ — call 0800 688 5463 for confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues
Plus there is lots of different information and support in our Student and Whānau Well-being hub https://www.gbh.school.nz/student h257hu-support-hub.html