Life throws a lot at us, especially once there are little ones to look after. Many of us are having a tough time right now, and it's important that no parent feels they have to face anything alone.
The bravest thing you can do is to speak to someone about how you're feeling. When you put a voice to your feelings instead of bottling them up, you help create a stronger, more supportive community for our yourself and your loved ones.
For more information, please visit https://depression.org.nz/get-better/your-identity/pasifika/
You’re not alone. Watch the mental wellbeing journeys of other people in the community, against the backdrop of lockdown in New Zealand.
David and Ema’s Story
David and Ema speak candidly about the passing of their son Cohen, how they managed to find the strength to support each other and the importance of being emotionally honest within the Pasifika community.
Watch David’s storyYouTube
Watch Ema’s storyYouTube
Please be aware that these videos address infant loss, we are aware that this may be a difficult topic for some viewers.
“It’s really important that our Pasifika women remember that it’s still just as powerful to take care of yourself.”
Rasela talks about self-care and dealing with difficult, suppressed emotions during lockdown in the aftermath of trauma.
Watch Rasela’s storyYouTube
Wedding planner Teulia talks about how the stress of being pregnant during lockdown amplified her anxiety and paranoia; effected the mental health of her absent partner; and how she learned to relax with the help of her friends and family.
Watch Teulia’s storyYouTube
Where can I get help?
If you're struggling with feelings of anxiety, stress, or sadness - have a chat with a trusted person in your life today, or text 1737 for free and confidential support.
Other support options
It’s important to stay connected and not face these feelings by yourself and don't let those around you struggle alone.
There is no shame in asking for help or talking to someone about how you feel – in fact, it’s the best thing you can do.
Remember, it’s ok to not be ok.