Helping whānau and friends through the tough times during COVID-19

Life can feel stressful right now. COVID-19 and the changing traffic light levels can put strain on our whanaungatanga/relationships with each other.
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Things can feel overwhelming, especially when our whānau are experiencing distressing thoughts or manawa pā and trauma at the same time.
If someone in your whānau is experiencing manawa pā, there are ways to help them through right now. They might be experiencing distress for the first time or have experienced these thoughts and feelings for a while. Either way, when someone we care about is experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings it can be hard to know what to say or do, especially when we can’t do some of the things we used to.

To give some guidance on how to tautoko/support your loved ones through right now, we’ve pulled together some mātauranga/wisdom from people who’ve been through traumatic experiences in the past, peer support leaders, hauora hinengaro/mental health support services, Nōku te Ao: Like Minds and our own Research and Information Service. Below, they give some considered advice on how you can find a way through, together.