This website has been created by the Dargaville Community Development Board for dissemination of reliable information to our Dargaville communities and business organisations. We are doing this in conjunction with the three Facebook pages we post to Dargaville - What's On, Dargaville Business Forum, and Visit Dargaville - We Dare You. Each of these Facebook pages has been set up with a respective audience, being the local community, businesses in the Dargaville area, and to attract tourists. During this uncertain time, we are making regular posts to all three Facebook pages to keep you connected and informed.
Within this Website
Small Steps Face Book Page managed by Depression.org.nz
Washington Post article on how the COVID-19 virus spreads Very interesting article with great graphics
Interactive map of New Zealand - shows the number of probable and confirmed cases by region and is updated daily.
More information below for Safety Levels, Northland Testing Stations, and looking after your mental wellbeing.
As at Tuesday 24 March 2020, New Zealand is currently on Level 3 and will be moving to Level 4 at midnight on Wednesday 25th March 2020.
Testing Stations throughout Northland
Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing Ministry of Health Website
- Staying connected 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. While we are limiting social contact to contain the spread of COVID-19, there are still lots of ways we can connect.
- Acknowledge your feelings and reach out for support. It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, worried or scared in the current situation. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you are feeling. This could be by writing them down in a journal, talking to others, doing something creative, or practising meditation. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Wherever possible we should try to stick to our daily routines. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat at regular times, shower, change your clothes, have regular e-meetings with colleagues or virtual coffee dates with friends, do your chores. Meditating and exercising can help you to relax and have a positive impact on your thoughts. Try not to increase unhealthy habits like comfort eating, drinking or smoking.
- Assisting other people who might need help and reaching out to those who may be feeling alone or concerned can benefit both you and the person receiving support.
- Seek accurate information from legitimate sources. You may find it useful to limit your media intake. Get the facts in order to help distinguish facts from rumours. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice.
- Seek further professional support if you need it. For support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If you are currently getting help with your mental health, continue with this if possible and notice if your symptoms are getting worse. Talk to your GP, counsellor, case worker or mental health team about how they can continue supporting you. Can your appointments take place over the phone, via email, text or video chat? What tips do they have to help you get through? Who can you call if you need help urgently? Write this down so you have it handy when you need it.