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Kiwis Coping with COVID-19

COVID-19 has rapidly changed our world and how we live, work and play. If you’re feeling anxious, worried, or scared, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel worried about things like your job, health, family, and what’s going to happen next.

Taking action when you’re feeling emotionally and mentally stressed is important. You can get through these uncertain times and, if you need support, there are lots of helpful resources available.

Get support if you need it

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed, ask for support as soon as possible. If you need help you can:

  • contact a close friend or family member and ask for support
  • contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community who can help
  • use an employee assistance program if your employer has one. These services usually offer counselling or can refer you to a mental health professional
  • call your doctor or a mental health professional for advice and guidance. During COVID-19 the option of phone, video or online appointments should be available.

Here’s where you can get help 

The following websites and help-lines offer support and advice on how to look after your mental wellbeing during COVID-19:

Useful websites

Wellbeing apps and online e-therapy programs


These help-lines offer free 24/7 mental health advice and support.

Youth websites, apps and help-lines

**This article was originally published here:


  • Foon, E, ‘Focus on Mental Health to Cope with COVID-19 Stressors’, 22 March 2020 (  
  • HealthEd, ‘There is a Way Through: A Guide for People Experiencing Stress, Depression and Anxiety’, March 2019, (
  • Hone, L, and Quinlan, D, ‘Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus’, accessed May 2020, ( 
  • Mental Health Foundation of NZ, ‘Media Advisory: Looking after Mental Health and Wellbeing during Covid-19’, (media release) 19 March 2020, (
  • World Health Organisation, ‘#Healthy at Home – Mental Health’, accessed May 2020, (


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