Accessing mental health and addiction support
For people who are currently accessing mental health and addiction services, consider what coping mechanisms have worked successfully for you in the past, and whether this may also support you now. Continue to do the things that are helpful for your mental health and wellbeing.
You may need to find different ways of doing some of those things, like meeting people over Zoom rather than in person. Keep reaching out.
Do reach out to the health professionals you are connected to as you need to, whether that is your GP or a specialist mental health and addiction team.
Don’t feel you can’t because of the pandemic or that health services are dangerous places at the moment. They are doing everything to ensure people are safe and have their needs met.
The Ministry of Health’s pandemic website provides information and tools available to support mental wellbeing, help with substance use concerns, and lists of online and phone support services, including Just a Thought’s online course for supporting your wellbeing during the pandemic:
The New Zealand Drug Foundation has developed web and downloadable resources to support people impacted by their own or others substance use during lockdown.
While the past few weeks have been a time of reflection, some people might be thinking about reducing their alcohol use or stopping. This is a great opportunity for some, but for others who stop drinking suddenly it can have significant negative consequences. If you're unsure contact the alcohol drug helpline.
Platform Trust is providing regular updates on COVID-19 information relevant to community NGOs, on their website.