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Wellbeing Wednesday: Self-Help Tools

For some, having the holidays in sight may be giving you that extra push of enthusiasm for the end of the year, but for others, it may be a time of looming stress and anxiety. If you’ve kept in the loop with our previous Wellbeing Wednesday blogs, you’ll know we post monthly articles, covering anything from social media accounts, foods, wellness activities and podcasts to help you manage your mental health during this unprecedented year. For November, we wanted to give you a variety of self-help tools that you can try out at home.

SPARX

SPARX is an interactive game designed to help young people struggling with mental health. The programme enables user to create their own avatar and journey through this virtual world completing quests, solving puzzles and beating negative thoughts. This game is available on the App Store and Google Play, meaning you can take it on the go or play at home.

The Lowdown

The Lowdown is a website we’ve mentioned in previous articles, but one that is a go-to for help with depression and anxiety in particular. Get 24/7 access to a helpline and connect with their professionals via text or webchat. They have a selection of articles, videos and activities to help your understand and manage your feeling of lowness.
Call:  0800 111 757
Text: 5626

Mental Wealth

Want to learn more about mental health issues? Whether it’s for your own benefit, or a way to educate yourself for those struggling around you, this site covers a range of topics including depression, anxiety, mental health myth-busting, alcohol, grief and cyber bullying. They also have a free call/text for those needing to talk.
Call/text: 1737

Melon Health

With the use of animated videos and illustrations, Melon Health is a website that provides you with tools to manage your mental wellbeing. Whether you need some tips on facing your fears, need a mood-booster or dealing with angry feelings, Melon Health has tips, trick and techniques for you.

RainbowYOUTH

Summarised perfectly on their site, RainbowYOUTH  “is here to work with queer, gender diverse, takatāpui & intersex youth, their friends, whānau and wider communities in order to ensure that New Zealand is a place where all young people can thrive.” The charitable organisation brings content and support through articles, a webchat, a drop-in centres and workshops.