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Mental Well-being

Mental Well-being

Mental well-being can be affected by many things, like pandemics, isolation, illness, stress, work, bullying, money matters or by taking on too much 'stuff'.

We need to find the right tools to help us cope with the situations we are in, particularly if our actions are paralysed with brain fog, anxiety or sadness.

At some stage in life we all feel overwhelmed.

Below are some suggestions on who can help. If you require something different than someone to talk to, please email healthandsafety.

Reach out if you need to talk

  • All sorts of Support is available

    Call 111 in an emergency or if you or someone else is at risk.

    For many of us, the changes inflicted on us can feel overwhelming. Please reach out if you need to talk.

    Everyone needs support at times, and we encourage you to reach out and ask for help when it's required. If you are struggling, you can talk to your Presbyter or one of the caring agencies listed below. Presbyters and Deacons, you are not immune to stress, and if you are Stationed, you can access EAP.

    Your GP is a good start point. GPs are trained to assess, treat, and manage many mental health challenges. Most services are free and provide information and confidential advice from qualified professionals. A range of other services is available, spanning phone, online, and in-person support.

        Not All Right? - 1737 – free call or text any time, 24 hours a day

        Healthline - 0800 611 116

        Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)

        Samaritans - 0800 726 666

        Alcohol Drug Helpline - 0800 787 797

        Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

        Mental Health Foundation 

        The Fono (Auckland based) 
        Vaka Tautua 

        Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am)

        What's Up: Online chat (1pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787
                          Helpline (12pm-11pm weekdays, 3pm-11pm weekends)
                          Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (4pm-9pm weekdays)

        Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155 

  • Ola Lelei helpline

    0800 OLA LELEI (0800 652 535) Auckland region freephone service

    Talk to a trained Pacific mental health or social worker about any worries, issues or concerns they may have due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). If they aren't able deliver a specific service, then they are able to refer the callers, with caller consent, to one of their many partner organisations. This is the first known service of its kind for Pacific peoples in New Zealand. It is supported by funding from the Ministries of Health and Social Development.

  • Mentemia app

    Mentemia from John Kirwan is an app that coaches mental wellbeing and is free to all New Zealanders. It's packed with evidence-based ideas and tools to help you learn how to be well, and stay well. It includes the most common stressors experienced today - poor sleep, anxiety and stress.

  • Vero's employee assistance programme

    Free, confidential counselling sessions to Xero subscribers and their staff. (Peter van Hout, Sarah Andrews and Bruce Johnston have confirmed availability on the plan MCNZ has with Xero). Click here

  • Employment Advocacy Programme (EAP)

    Available to Presbyters and Deacons in appointments, and their families. Click here

Sharing the Load

It is possible that some of our parishes or families may be significantly affected. Please advise your Synod Superintendent or the General Secretary if this is the case.