During COVID-19

GBHS Community
To our school community: There are some really useful helplines below which can be contacted in a variety of ways. Some are available 24 hours a day.

Youthline – 0800 376 633 Text 234
Whatsup – 0800 942 8787
Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116
Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for young people aged 5 to 18.
Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy.
These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.
Mental Health Foundation’s free resource and Information service – (09 623 4812) Text 1737
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
Life Line – 0800 543 354 Text HELP to 4357

It is a tense time for most of us. COVID-19 is scary, and it’s rapidly changing the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live. We know many people are feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared. It’s time to work out how we’re going to look after our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together.

Pick one source you trust (such as the Ministry of Health’s website) and check it once per day. If you want to keep checking in with news coverage, take notice of how it makes you feel and set time limits or restrict your news sources to just one or two if you need to.

There is a great mix of relaxation links below which you might want to explore, now could be the perfect time to create a new habit just for you!


Start a gratitude journal if you struggle with feeling positive. Many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier.
Get out in the open air everyday – (remembering the rules) even if you need to use an umbrella!
Boost your immunity with things like Vitamin C and zinc.
Do things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the time for. DIY, binge watching, scrapbooking, YouTube tutorials, creating your own sanitiser, art and crafts, early Christmas presents.

Connecting with others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this. Some ideas to connect include: writing emails that share a favourite memory, playing video games with mates, playing online scrabble or other board games, joining or starting a virtual book club, sharing a favourite karakia or waiata with your friends on social media, having video catch-ups with workmates, calling friends and whānau who are in self-isolation and reaching out to neighbours to ensure everyone has what they need to get through.

Notice the beauty in the world around your home. Take time to feel the sun on your skin, breathe in fresh air whenever you can, make a list of what you’re grateful for, take the time to thank someone for how they make you feel, do a mindfulness exercise on YouTube, watch the plants in your home or outside your window growing and changing with each passing day.

Find ways to be active. We know this is a tricky one without gyms or sports but it can be done!
Play ‘the floor is lava’, do a yoga class online, try out a new workout on YouTube, go for walks or run outside (just stay 2m away from others!), use the cans in the pantry as weights, stretch.
Put on some favorite music and have a dance, turn the lights off at night and play spotlight in your backyard.

Find ways to give Give compliments, think about a skill you have you could share with your whānau/flatmates/friends, share a favourite recipe, let people know you’re there to help (and tell them what help you can offer – e.g. can you pick up food for a neighbour when you go shopping? Can you help your friends’ kids with their English homework via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom?).
Check in on neighbours and members of your community who may need to hear a cheery voice
or need a helping hand.

Finding ways to keep learning Staying curious and engaging with the world around you is a great way to uplift your wellbeing. Pick a question you’ve always wondered about and take some time to look it up. Call your parents or grandparents and ask them questions about life when they were growing up. Research your whakapapa or family tree. Look up stories, myths and legends from different cultures. Discover the name of the iwi, hapu, maunga and awa of the place you live.
Download an app like Duolingo and start learning a new language.
Ask your tamariki/kids to teach you something they learned at school.

Spending time with nature while staying at home doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors all the time, it might feel safer for you to do so! Think about how you can connect with nature from your home. Can you bring some nature indoors? Put up pictures of maunga (mountains), whenua (land), moana (oceans) or awa (rivers) that have meaning to you. Have a chat with your pot plants (this really helps them grow!). Listen to nature sounds – birdsong is a lovely background noise while you work. Open the windows as often as you can.

During the term break we will post further information about how you will be able to access our school guidance and 24/7 team from the start of term two. The team will be available for phone, email and Zoom appointments.

Stay safe and look after yourself and your family.

Green Bay High School Guidance Team