Community transmission can make COVID-19 feel relentless, disappointing, and exhausting. The most important thing you can do now is look after yourself so you can look after others. You’ve likely been on the frontline of the COVID-19 defence for months and it's totally normal to feel a bit shaken and on-edge right now. There are services to help.
All College members can access free EAP services confidentially by calling 800 327 669 (international number +64 9 353 0906). They have clinical psychologists, budget and financial advisors, legal advisors, and other professionals ready to support you. Please mention The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners when you call. View more information on the EAP website.
Health Care New Zealand resources
The team at HealthCare NZ has introduced a dedicated psychological health and wellbeing service to support New Zealand’s frontline health and community care workers in response to COVID-19. Supporting the resilience and wellbeing of New Zealand’s frontline health and care workers is a priority for us all and vital in our fight to unite against COVID-19.
The Wellbeing service is free, private and tailored to suit. It is as simple as calling 0800 820 080 or by emailing email@example.com and we look after the rest.
Ministry of Health mental health resources
The Ministry of Health has compiled a mental health resource, which has good leads for advising patients too. See their resources.
These are also good things to do:
- Stay connected (distance, not distant)
- Limit your time online
- Move your body daily
Go easy on yourself - sometimes just getting through the day is a win
We all need a bit of support from time to time. If you or someone you know is struggling right now, there are free help and support services available.