mid-winter protection

Mid-winter protections for mental wellbeing

Jul 8, 2020 1:49:12 PM / by HealthCarePlus

It's July and according to Wellplace NZ , it's the time of the year when we should take stock of our mental wellbeing and those around us.  

In this blog article, we put together advice and resources from Mental Health Foundation and Depression.org.nz to help you stay mentally well this Winter.

The middle of winter can be a hard time to stay in good mental health. A lack of sun, combined with rainy and cold weather keeping us indoors can impact on our mental health.

To find ways to help your people stay mentally well and to help you understand their needs better, check out the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Useful Resources:

Depression.org.nz offers information and resources that support people to recognise depression and anxiety, and know how to get help, including self-help.

If you feelings of uncertainty or stress and anxiety around COVID-19 is affecting you, also see Depression.org.nz’s advice for people whose conditions are adding to their anxiety.

  • Try The Journal, it’s a free, personalised programme to help you manage anxiety or depression and is a helpful tool for anyone having a tough time. You’ll be guided by a team of experts through lifestyle and problem solving skills to help you stay positive.
  • Try the new Mentemia app from All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan.
  • The health journal app Melon provides a health journal, resources and self-awareness tools to help manage your emotional wellbeing.
  • There’s also an eTherapy programme called Staying on Track that teaches practical strategies to cope with the stress and disruption to everyday life.

With a strong focus on workplaces, with resources and tips to help workplaces be inclusive of people experiencing mental distress, see Likeminds.org.nz, which, works to end discrimination and increase inclusion of people experiencing mental illness. 

Self tests:

Having a low mood or feeling on edge are common experiences for us all. When these moods persist, it may be that you are experiencing depression or anxiety – or both. These self tests ask some important questions that can help you take stock of where you are at so you can make a plan for feeling better sooner.


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