LISTEN: This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘take time to kōrero’.
Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Shaun Robinson says “All New Zealanders have had a tough couple of months going through lockdowns to fight the spread of COVID-19 and it’s inevitable that frustration is setting in as we move in and out of different levels of contact.
He says it’s helpful to connect with others, have a kōrero and a laugh, whether over the fence, within your whānau bubble or via technology. It’s the little things that we do to support each other that can make a big difference in our lives”
Schools and organisations throughout the country have also taken part in a range of wellbeing activities - from yoga to meditation and sessions on mindfulness, self-awareness, stress management and self-care
Joining Magic Talk's Mel Homer is clinical psychologist from Victoria University Dr Dougal Sutherland to answer your questions on mental health.
In this episode:
The stress of Christmas and potentially being in lockdown
Feeling angry and upset by COVID news
Is it okay to be worried about lockdowns especially if other less privileged people are doing it tougher than me?
Listen to the full interview with Dr Dougal Sutherland above.