In these extraordinary times, our psychological wellbeing is critical.

As circumstances change day-by-day, so does our wellbeing. You may be feeling increasingly stressed, anxious or overwhelmed.

No matter the source of stress, it is important to seek help before you are struggling.

Support services include:

There is also a range of psychological wellbeing resources available under the Stay Well section of this page, and on the Government’s COVID-19 website(external link)

Financial support

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing financial pressures due to COVID-19, support is available from a range of organisations. Click here to learn more(external link).   

The UFBA Benevolent Fund's Special Covid Fund, which provides financial assistance to personnel facing significant hardship due to the impact of Covid-19, remains open. This fund is available to members of all brigades and rural fire forces, regardless of their membership status with the UFBA. https://www.ufba.org.nz/news/special-covid-fund-remains-open(external link)

Unsafe in your bubble

It is okay to ask for help if you or someone else is in danger. If you think someone could be harmed or may harm themselves, call the Police on 111, even if you’re not sure.

More information and contact details for helplines can be found on the Government’s COVID-19 website(external link)

 

Physical health

Follow these basic steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick and arrange to get a COVID-19 test – call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to find your local testing location
  • Keep track of where you have been – Through the COVID-19 tracer app, or in a notebook
  • Wear a face covering when you leave the house – or as directed by the government(external link)
  • Hand hygiene - Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette - Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Physical distancing – When in public keep 2 metres between yourself and other people. Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any COVID-19 health concerns.

Mental health

Staying well is about more than just physical health, it's also important to look after our mental health. Increased worry and stress are expected responses to the current COVID-19 threat. The most important thing is to have strategies to manage this response effectively.

Financial support

There's a range of support available if you or someone you know are experiencing financial pressures due to COVID-19.

Mental health continuum

This page has information that will help you check in on yourself about your own mental health.