Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is ‘Reconnect - with the people and places that lift you up’.

After the last couple of years, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the people and places that are important to us. However reconnecting looks for you, reconnect to enhance your wellbeing – hei pikinga wairoa. 

While we’re taking time to kōrero about reconnection, it’s a good time to make sure you know where and how to access the different psychological support options we have available for you and your whānau here at Fire and Emergency.  

Everything you need to know is on the Seek wellbeing support Portal page (the link is also on the home page in the 'Find out more about' section). Use this page to get advice and support when you or one of your team has a wellbeing concern, and is looking to access support or information about what's available. This includes: 

Self-referral options – your GP, peer support and counselling services through Vitae, our confidential external provider. 

Workplace referral – professional psychological and chaplaincy support through your Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisor or Welfare Officer, or through the Injury Management Unit. 

While we use Mental Health Awareness Week annually to focus our thoughts on mental health, our support networks and processes are 24/7 services open to all and available year-round.  

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