We got this! Resilience in the face of COVID-19
Well, we are now two weeks into Aotearoa’s Level 4 response to the pandemic……Early signs are good that staying in our bubbles is paying off Kiwis.
Kia kaha, he waka eke noa.
Stay strong, we’re all in this together.
The team at Psychology Associates which includes 10 clinical psychologists (Fiona, Tara, Nicola, Sallie, Sasha, Tracey, Amanda, Shannon, Ellen and Tammy) and two amazing administrators (Sue and Michelle) are all continuing to provide psychological support to clients but from the safety of our own bubbles. We are using an online platform which provides a confidential, secure, free online space for us to continue working with clients.
Our team ‘met’ online on Monday for our usual monthly group supervision with two goals in mind. Firstly, to support each other. There were some new challenges for us all working from home (juggling multiple roles, finding peace and calm while dealing with the unknown, learning fast about providing tele-psychology) and we shared common feelings such as isolation, stress, grief/loss, worries, optimism and hope. Our second goal was to share online resources that we thought would support our clients and the wider community. We hope the list below is helpful and look forward to continuing to provide high quality psychological support from our bubbles to yours.
With Fondness, The Team at Psychology Associates
For a tonne of wonderful resources for NZers, look at the Mental Health Foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/, and their awesome resource libraryhttps://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/resources/.
The MH Foundation has also set up a new website called Getting Through Together – Are you Alright? which is “totes amazeballs” for feeling connected with others https://www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together
There are some great general tips for getting through COVID-19 https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/top-tips-to-get-through
And some specific tools for managing anxiety https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/assets/COVID-19/COVID-19-and-Stress.pdf
Anxiety management tools (in multiple languages) https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/?
NZ Experts Janet Peter and David Codyre talk about combatting fear and anxiety https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12318077
A talk on resilience by Christchurch author and researcher Lucy Hone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWH8N-BvhAw
And the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience has some great current information on strengthening communities https://nziwr.co.nz/
Some resources with a Māori kaupapa https://nzfvc.org.nz/Covid-19
For families struggling with violence or anger issues https://www.hewakatapu.org.nz/services/0800-hey-bro/about-hey-bro
Children: For those with wee kiddies – a great wee song to help with little young children’s fears https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-28/coronavirus-anxieties-eased-with-therapists-song-online/12085842
Tips for kiddies 0-3 https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus
Remember it is free to call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.