Of course, the Witches in Macbeth actually said ….
“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble”.
But it made me think about how our bubble runs the risk of turning into a bubbling cauldron after five weeks of Alert Level 3 and 4. We can begin to feel a bit like one of Shakespeare’s witches. Even their recipe (including eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog) begins to sound quite tempting after you’ve run out of cooking inspiration.
But on a more serious note, one of the positive aspects of COVID-19 has been the increased discussions about mental health. It seems like it has finally become mainstream to acknowledge that all of us experience mental distress at one time or another.
Over many years, the MHF has been supporting Kiwis and they have amassed amazing resources which are always practical, science-based and compassionate. Today, they have published a free downloadable poster which focuses on the 7 essentials of keeping mentally well in Level 4 and 3 Lockdown. Drum roll please……the 7 essentials are……
Stick to a routine
Click the link below before you start noticing a wart growing on your nose or you’re spotted in the garden scavenging for a newt.
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.
Last year, over 5000 people or organisations made submissions to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry – maybe you were one of them. The panel made a 5 minute animation to summarise the findings of He Oranga which you can watch by clicking on the following linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=306&v=uBvx526ZTnc
To read the full report in a range of formats go to:
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An inquiry has been set up into NZ mental health and addiction services. The inquiry panel want to engage with EVERYONE including service users and their family/whanau. They would like to hear all ideas – big and small, specific or broad, innovative or building on what’s already happening. HAVE YOUR SAY…..
The panel intend to hold meetings, forums, hui and fono across the country. They would like to directly reach out to everyone including Maori, Pasifika, young people, people with disabilities, LGBTIQA+ groups, rural people, elderly, veterans, minorities, immigrants and refugee populations, victims of violence and people in correctional facilities.