Helping whānau, family and friends through the pandemic

Life has felt stressful and overwhelming for many people over the last few years. The uncertainty, unfamiliarity and stress COVID-19 brought still affects many of us today in different ways.

These tough experiences, coupled with pandemic fatigue, can put strain on our whanaungatanga/relationships with each other, especially when our whānau or family are experiencing distressing thoughts or trauma at the same time.  

If someone in your whānau or family is experiencing distressing thoughts, there are ways to help them through. They might be experiencing distress for the first time or have experienced these thoughts and feelings before. Either way, when someone we care about is having a tough time, 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, 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 advice on how you can find a way through, together.