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
Health Care New Zealand is providing a free counselling service for frontline health care professionals and care workers who are seeking mental health and wellbeing support during the COVID-19 response. Call the confidential service on 0800 820 080 to make an appointment with an experienced therapist.
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.