Now more than ever it’s important for healthcare workers to find ways to look after their mental health, and for others to look out for our healthcare workers, too.
Support for healthcare workers
COVID-19 has brought heaps of challenges, and our healthcare workers have stuck it out through thick and thin to continue to care for our community.
From cleaners to contact tracers, social workers to schedulers, security guards to nurses, whatever your role in the health system, we want you to know your mahi matters and we appreciate every sacrifice you’re making.
It’s important to acknowledge the incredible pressure you’ve been under and the challenges you’ll continue to face as Omicron spreads throughout the community. You might be feeling all sorts of emotions, and not knowing exactly what to expect over the coming months might be making you feel out of sorts. Remember, those feelings are normal and expected.
As a healthcare worker, you might find yourself in a position where you’re giving lots of advice out to others about how to look after themselves right now, and, we know – it's often really hard to follow that advice ourselves. Believe us – we know, we’re in the same waka.
Try to keep in mind it’s the small things you can do more often that will make the biggest difference to your mental health right now. Even though those small things might feel too small to really help with the big things going on all around you, and the big feelings you might have inside you, they truly will make a big difference.