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If there's one thing we can be sure of is that the full impact on our lives of COVID-19 is yet to be seen. While some countries seem to be returning to some semblance of normality, the pandemic continues to have a major impact on people’s mental health.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is an opportunity for us all to take care of ourselves, and others. This year's campaign focuses on depression.


Empowering people to look after their own mental health and provide support to others is exactly what MindsetCards set out to do. If you're an individual seeking to focus or put effort into your own mental wellbeing, or you're looking for ways to support others - friends, family, colleagues or employees - then we hope Mindset Cards can help.


For other resources to support metal health or depression check out our resources page.


Stay safe, look after yourself.


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Mindset Cards can only help you so much. If you feel like you need more, it’s OK to ask for help.

Asking for help is hard – but once you ask, there are plenty of people and networks out there to lend a hand. The following lists help and support available in New Zealand. If you’re outside of New Zealand, please refer to your local support organisations online.


For updates to any of these details, please get in touch with

us at mindsetcardsnz@gmail.com


Depression Helpline

0800 111 757

www.depression.org.nz


LifeLine

0800 543 354 or free text HELP (4357)

www.lifeline.co.nz


Suicide Crisis Helpline

0508 828 865


Alcohol Drug Helpline

0800 787 797

www.alcohol.org.nz

Domestic Violence

0508 744 633

www.2shine.org.nz/


Ministry of Health www.health.govt.nz


The Lowdown

0800 111 757 or text 5626

www.thelowdown.co.nz


Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui www.tepou.co.nz


Like Minds, Like Mine (youth and young people) www.likeminds.org.nz


Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand www.mentalhealth.org.nz


Health Promotion Agency www.hpa.org.nz


The Grief Centre https://www.griefcentre.org.nz/



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woman with hand on heart, self care
be kind to yourself

Today is the first day of October. The beginning of a new month. And it's also Friday. The end of a week. A loooong, bloody hard week.

A week where I've felt like I'm failing. Failing at work, failing as a parent, failing as a spouse, a sister, a daughter, a friend.


5 weeks ago I lost my Dad.

On a Friday night.

Friday night's used to be the best night of my week.

I'm worried Friday nights will never feel the same again.

But I'm still struggling with the grief and loss.

I hope one day it will be a happy time of the week again.


And I know one of the ways to get through this is by putting some effort in myself, reaching out to others, seeking support. Trying to ignore it, forget about it, avoiding it, pretending it will get easier won't help.


Even before Dad passed, I had time in my diary set aside every Friday afternoon to reflect, to end the week on a high. I called it my Mindful 5. I'd spend 15 minutes;

  • celebrating wins/what went well

  • addressing what didn't go so well

  • reflecting on what I ruminated on: should'a, would'a, could'a

  • setting goals for the week ahead (then halving them, and halving them again)

  • summing it all up in a powerful, positive sentence.

Sometimes it is really bloody hard to think of something positive.

Even doing something that shows hope for the future, for yourself or someone else can still boost positive emotions. It's simply about getting the body to release some of those good hormones - those naturally occurring, 'happy' hormones (which are explained more in mindset cards) that give your spirit a lift.


Some really simple things that boost positive emotions include:

  • thinking of or naming three things to be grateful for

  • talking to your kids about the best thing that happened that day to them

  • sharing a funny story/highlight of the week or day

  • turning the TV off and turning some music (or putting records) on

  • looking at photos of loved ones or holidays

  • forgiving and letting go of something or someone that's hurt you.

But the most important thing to remember is be kind to yourself. You're amazing, and you're going to be ok.


Stay safe out there.

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