Health and Wellbeing

We've made it through lockdown and life is slowly returning to our new normal at Alert Level 1.  However, it is still a strange time as we adapt again to another environment and set of circumstances. Everyone still has different challenges to overcome and likely to be feeling a range of emotions. 

Be kind, be patient and stay connected.

It’s very important we continue to keep in touch and look after each other’s and our own mental health and well being.

What might people be going through or what is making them anxious?

Five Ways To Wellbeing

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is promoting The Five Ways to Wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Give
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Be Active

Incorporating these actions into daily life at work and at home, should help promote a sense of wellbeing.     

Wellbeing professionals also recommend ensuring our workplaces are mentally resilient.

How can we look after our employees and workmates?

The key messages as we make this transition are:

  • Keep an eye on each other
  • Be kind, patient and understanding
  • Stay connected

If you feel you need to talk to someone professional, the Ministry of Health have a free to call or text number for a counsellor - 1737

Alternatively if you just want to bounce ideas around, have a general chat and feel connected, feel free to contact Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager, 021780948 or


Looking after your Mental Health

Mentemia - an app which coaches mental wellbeing with tips from Sir John Kirwan  0800 111 757 text 4202

A guide for leaders on the wellbeing of their team and themselves - very useful resource

Mental Health Foundation  or call 1737

All Right?

SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

Covid-19 Melon - a safe space to talk with others

The Lowdown

Whatsup  0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

Rural Support  0800 787 254

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

Youthline  0800 376 633

Kidsline 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)

Skylight Trust  0800 299 100

The Employee Assistance Programme offers support, including counselling, for members and their staff. More information is available in their latest newsletter here

Covid-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of Covid 19 vs Cold & Flu

Coronavirus – A Book for Children  A simple illustrated guide to explain what is happening now

Ministry of Health  Healthline 0800 611 116

Covid Chat with Siouxsie Wiles

NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience – webinars from two doctors chatting about coping mechanisms during the lockdown

Recommended Health & Wellbeing Apps


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