We know during this unprecedented time of what’s been seen described as madness, crazy, and a whole new world you may be feeling overwhelmed.
We’ve been hearing how some of you are feeling alone, fearful, anxious, concerned about triggers for depression, PTSD and some feeling deep grief. Sometimes we can manage these thoughts and feelings ourselves when they’re not too overwhelming, some of us have a wee arsenal of skills to use to help us do so, whether it’s self care, talking to a trusted family member or friend, creating positive experiences, mindfulness practice or regulating emotions. Sometimes for some of us it can feel too difficult and too much, or we simply just don’t have that arsenal.
We can all feel these same feelings and think the same thoughts to varying levels, you don’t have to be in a heap on the floor to feel like you need some extra support, or you could be really struggling. Whatever “level” you’re on, know you’re not alone, and some support is available, please reach out.
WHERE TO GET HELP:
1737, Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor
Depression.org.nz – 0800 111 757 or text 4202
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 for people up to 18 years old. Open 24/7.
Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling available Monday-Friday, noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available 3pm–10pm daily.
thelowdown.co.nz – Web chat, email chat or free text 5626
Anxiety New Zealand – 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)
Supporting Families in Mental Illness – 0800 732 825.
It’s not OK (Are you OK?): 0800 456 450 : Open 9am-11pm 7 days a week : Community-driven behaviour change campaign to reduce family violence
If it is an emergency or someone is at risk, including yourself, call 111.