Take Time to Kōrero

This week is the National Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is take time to kōrero/talk.

Hello Parents and Caregivers,

Student Support thank our parents and caregivers for their mahi with their children through this latest lockdown, and for supporting them as they continue their learning online. Lockdowns can be tough and finding time to look after our mental health may slip down our priority list.

It is natural at times that the motivation for school and everyday tasks during lockdown can be hard to find. The focus of the kōrero could be an opportunity to talk as a family around how people are feeling and hear their thoughts around their mental health.

If your young ones are spending a lot of time in bed or in their rooms, encourage and support them to keep to basic routines, such as getting up, showering, and getting dressed or walking /sitting in the sunshine, eating healthy meals / snacks and drinking water. Working on assessments for short periods daily is better than working for hours at the last minute.

Sometimes we take these small things for granted but they can give us a positive boost to our mental health. Taking time to talk and share stories is also a vital part of helping our Rangitahi to feel heard and connected. Young people can face anxiety, depression and loss as we do, but they might not have the words to communicate these feelings. They can feel overwhelmed or ashamed and hide their feelings from us. 

We are here to support you and your family as part of the Massey High School community. 

If you have any immediate concerns around a family member’s safety, contact 111 or the Auckland Crisis number on 0800 800 717 which is 24/7.

A 24/7 support for anyone to contact is the 1737 helpline, you can call or text for free to talk to a trained counsellor. You can contact Marinoto West on 09 822 8666, who can help you to speak to a psychologist. 

For more information, you can check out, https://mentalhealth.org.nz/ and https://www.mhaw.nz 

You can also contact the guidance team, on the below contact details during school hours:

Mā te whakarongo, ka mōhio - through listening, comes knowledge

Mā te mōhio, ka mārama - through knowledge, comes understanding

Mā te mārama, ka matau - through understanding, comes wisdom

Mā te matau, ka ora - through wisdom, comes wellbeing

Ngā mihi nui, kia kaha. 

The MHS Guidance Team. 

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