This is a time of increased pressure and stress for all New Zealanders. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and that means we are being asked to make major changes in our lives. This is affecting how we work, how we relate, and what we can or can’t do.
We need to prioritise mental wellbeing so we can manage our lives throughout changing COVID-19 alert levels, make good decisions, manage additional stress.
Mental health and wellbeing resources:
MATES in Construction has created downloadable COVID-19 PDF resources as well as a Mental Health Toolbox Guide. Their annual Fly the Flag event for suicide prevention was scheduled for Friday 10 September, but due to the current lockdown, this has been postponed to 10 November. So, to mark the original date, they are inviting teams to book a Virtual Toolbox Talk with a MATES Field Officer on 10 September. You don't need to be onsite to do this, all you need to do is bring your site team together on Zoom or Teams and your Field Officer will lead the conversation.
The Ministry of Health has produced a comprehensive list of online mental health and wellbeing resources, specifically information and tools to support your own and others’ mental wellbeing, and where to get help if you need it.
Wellplace.nz advise that, if you’re a business owner, it’s important for you to communicate well with your staff. Many employees may be confused and worried about the new restrictions. Included in the many resources available via their website is a list of ways to protect your mental health that employers could share with their workers, as well as how to deal with employees who are off work due to COVID-19.
The Mental Health Foundation has produced a downloadable guide, COVID-19 Workplaces Resource, designed to help employers to promote a supportive environment for their employees throughout this trying time. Their website contains resources to help workplace leaders create work environments where people feel safe, calm, connected, and hopeful throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.