Saturday, November 27

‘You are not alone’ – Ardern on mental health in the confinement

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke at today’s 1pm press conference on the importance of mental health and support services in the community during the Delta Covid-19 outbreak in New Zealand.

SWIMMING POOL - Prime Minister Jacinda Arder during Covid-19 response and vaccine update with Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield in Parliament, Wellington, on Day 12 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. 29 August 2021 NZ Herald photo by Mark Mitchell

Photo: Pool / NZME

“Having positive cases in our communities, along with the impact of the lockdowns, I know can be very unsettling, and that uncertainty can affect everyone’s mental health,” he said.

“It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, upset or even frustrated, because this situation is usually all of that. But there are places you can go for support and help, even if you live with restrictions.”

the Ministry of Health and Join against Covid the websites have a list of resources, Ardern said.

“These include tools aimed at young people, who may find this time a challenge, particularly those who are isolated in shelters or residences.”

Calls to health services and use of online services have increased during the lockdown.

“We know, for example, that early in the shutdown there was an increase in calls to Youthline,” Ardern said, and since then the government has increased its funding by $ 275,000.

Health Minister Andrew Little today announced additional $ 1 million funding for community youth mental health support projects in Auckland and Northland.

Ardern listed several different help lines available (see the list at the end of this article).

“There is also specific mental health support available to Pacific Communities through a dedicated 0800 number: 0800 OLA LELEI 0800-652-535,” Ardern said.

Episodes of family violence during the confinement have been reported throughout the country.

“Family violence and sexual violence services are considered essential services and continue to operate at Level 4,” Ardern said.

“If you feel like you are in an unsafe environment, you don’t need to stay at home or in your bubble. If you are not safe at home, you can get out of your bubble. If you feel in danger, call 111.

“If you or someone you know is in danger and it is not safe to speak, the police have the silent solution, call 111 and if you do not speak you will have the option to press 55, then you can listen carefully to the call – questions and instructions from the person who answers so I can coordinate assistance for you. “

Central Auckland on Wednesday August 25, 2021 on the eighth day of a Covid-19 lockdown.

Photo: RNZ / John Edens

There is also support for those struggling to access food.

“Yesterday we announced an additional $ 7 million for food safety nets operating at alert level 4. The additional funding will help with the distribution of 60,000 additional food packages and 10,000 wellness packages,” Ardern said.

“If you are unable to pay for food, call MSD at 0800 559-009 to see if you are eligible for assistance or to connect to other forms of assistance that are available.

“If you are at home in isolation or have trouble accessing food, you can ask family, friends and neighbors if they can help you deliver food. Deliveries should be contactless and kept on site. Another way to access food, the army of student volunteers also has a grocery delivery service, visit “

Ardern said the government continues to support those in need of emergency housing during the shutdown. Since the shutdown began, more motel units have been hired and they are closely monitoring the need.

The three Auckland Metro DHBs are vaccinating the homeless through a variety of mechanisms, he said.

These include the Auckland City Mission mobile outreach team and transport to temporary housing so that people can get to vaccination centers.

Ardern encouraged anyone who is concerned about their mental health or in need of urgent help to contact the appropriate services for help.

“You are not alone, we are all in this together and support is really just a phone call away,” Ardern said.

“Please make use of these services, they are there to help you.”

Where to get help:

I need to talk? Call toll-free or text 1737 anytime to speak with a trained counselor, for any reason.

Life line: 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865/0508 TAUTOKO (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide or for those who are worried about family or friends.

Helpline for depression: 0800111757 (24/7) or text 4202

Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Youthline: 0800376633 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or send a free text message to 234 (8 am to 12 am), or send an email to [email protected] nz

What’s the matter: online chat (3 PM to 10 PM) OR 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428787 Helpline (12 PM to 10 PM Monday to Friday, 3 PM to 11 PM) M. On weekends)

Kidsline (from 5 to 18 years old): 0800 543 754 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254

Health line: 0800 611 116

Rainbow youth: (09) 376 4155

If it is an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

Sexual violence

New Zealand Police

Support for victims 0800 842 846

Rape crisis 0800 88 33 00

Rape prevention education

Empowering Trust

HELP Call 24/7 (Auckland): 09 623 1700, (Wellington): be 04801 6655-0

Safe to Talk – A confidential 24/7 helpline for survivors, support people, and people with harmful sexual behavior: 0800044334.

Mosaic: protecting people Peer support for men who have suffered sexual trauma and abuse: 0800 94 22 94

Domestic violence

Women’s shelter: (0800 733 843)

Not well (0800 456 450)

Shine: 0508 744 633

Support for victims: 0800 650 654

HELP Call 24/7 (Auckland): 09 623 1700, (Wellington): be 04801 6655-0

The New Zealand National Family Violence Services Network has information on agencies specializing in family violence.

Help with alcohol and drugs.

Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797

Medication Help Website

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