Getting Through Together / Self-help tools and apps

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has funded some apps and online self-help tools to support New Zealanders to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Mentemia is an app developed by All Blacks legend and mental health champion Sir John Kirwan. A mental wellbeing coach in the palm of your hand, Mentemia is available on your phone 24/7.  It gives you the ability to monitor, manage and improve your mental health. The app allows you to set goals and track progress in much the same way other apps help you to track your physical fitness and health. Mentemia was originally developed for workplaces but it is currently available to all New Zealanders until the end of September.

Staying on Track is a guide to support your wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond. This free online course introduces easy-to-use, practical strategies to cope with the ongoing stress and disruption of day-to-day life as an impact of COVID-19. The course will teach you how to support your mental and emotional health through learning how to look after your worry and choose behaviours that will help you and your whānau stay on track. It’s completely free and available to all New Zealanders – all that’s needed is access to the internet and a desktop or mobile device.

Melon is an app that provides a safe space for you to connect with and support other New Zealanders to uplift your emotional wellbeing. The app provides access to an online community, daily webinars to support mental health and wellbeing, a health journal, tools to check in with yourself about how you’re feeling and podcasts, videos and articles to help you learn more about how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Some other online tools that may support you and your whānau as we unite to recover from COVID-19:

  • Working through depression is a personalised online programme that focuses on positivity, lifestyle changes and problem solving (The Journal at Depression.org.nz)
  • Working through problems with Aunty Dee is a tool to work through problems, generate ideas and find a solution (Le Va)
  • Whakatau Mai - The Wellbeing Sessions are free, virtual community events aimed at supporting wellbeing in real-time – to help you connect you with others, learn and practice new skills, and start looking at things differently.