The Mental Health Foundation has developed a new online resource to help people combat anxiety over the coronavirus outbreak.

The new resource on their website is called Looking after mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19.
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A new Mental Health Foundation resource recommends that people take the time to exercise. Photo / 123rf
A new Mental Health Foundation resource recommends that people take the time to exercise. Photo / 123rf

It includes tips on looking after yourself and answers some of the questions the foundation has been getting since the outbreak, including advice from the MOH's Māori Directorate about tikanga.

According to a statement, the Mental Health Foundation will update the website in the coming weeks with activities and resources as they become available.

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Some of the tips include ways to keep busy, like starting or joining a virtual book club or having video catch-ups with friends and family. They also recommend keeping fit through yoga at home, playing "the floor is lava" with the kids, or trying new workouts on YouTube.

There's plenty of other advice on offer, such as ways to learn, give, and relax, all of which contribute to better mental health.

"The number one message we want New Zealanders to hear is this: we will get through this if we work together. Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you.

'"Self-isolation" or staying at home means connecting will happen in different ways – we already have tips about how to do this and will be developing more in the days ahead."

The outbreak is even tougher for those who live with mental illness, the foundation acknowledged.

"Stress, anxiety and uncertainty don't help. The wellbeing tips on our website are designed to help support people who are currently struggling with their mental health with small, practical actions everyone can do."

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It’s a tense time for most of us. Covid-19 is scary and it’s rapidly changing the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live. We know many people are feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared. It’s time to work out how we’re going to look after our own wellbeing, our whānau’s wellbeing, and our community’s wellbeing as we get through this – together. We’ve created a new section on our website with wellbeing tips, answers to FAQs and tikanga advice. (Link in bio). The number one message we want New Zealanders to hear is this: we will get through this if we work together. Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you. We know things are really tough right now for some people who live with mental illness. Stress and anxiety can make things worse. While we don’t have all the answers, our wellbeing tips are designed to work for you (however you’re feeling right now). Our FAQ answers some of the questions we’ve been receiving. You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential. We’ll be updating this part of our website as often as we can with new information, resources and material. We’re also active on social media, where we’ll be sharing ways to support wellbeing and asking you to share the things that are helping you get through. We hope you’ll join us. He waka eke noa – we’re all in this together.

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WHERE TO GET HELP:

If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

If you need to talk to someone, the following free helplines operate 24/7:

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DEPRESSION HELPLINE

: 0800 111 757

LIFELINE

: 0800 543 354

NEED TO TALK?

Call or text 1737

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SAMARITANS

: 0800 726 666

YOUTHLINE

: 0800 376 633 or text 234

There are lots of places to get support. For others,

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