With all the terrible weather events happening at the moment, there are some good resources to help impacted business owners and their employees cope both financially and mentally. Our team have captured some links that we thought would be useful to our clients and their affected team members.
Cyclone and Flood Recovery Resources
Business.govt.nz has information on Cyclone and Flood Recovery for Businesses.
Work and Income – Help with Cyclone Gabrielle.
Stuff has an opinion piece regarding paying staff in the case of a Natural Disaster.
Auckland Business Chamber have information regarding Back to Work Grants following the Auckland Anniversary Flooding
Xero is offering access to free and confidential counselling to all Xero Subscribers
Seven Sharp talks with Lane Neave about your payment rights
Mental Wellbeing Resources
There are some great online resources available to make sure you are looking after the mental wellbeing side of things too …
Business.govt.nz – If you or your employees are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, there is free help available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- Visit First Steps for support for small business owners, ranging from dealing with anxiety to tackling insomnia
- Call or text 1737 for support from a trained counsellor
- Call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text 4357
- Call Samaritans on 0800 726 666
Jacqui Maguire shares her thoughts on the After the Disaster Podcast that you may find helpful
Mental Health Foundation of NZ – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Resources
Groov – download the free Groov app and check out their practical tips for dealing with uncertainty and stress and many ways to take care of your well-being.
Just a Thought – Staying on Track is a free online course designed to help you tackle worry and stress, so you can take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Lauren Parsons Wellbeing Specialist – check out all the useful resources Lauren has on her FB and LinkedIn pages. If you’re a business leader you may also want to check out and join her Thriving Leaders Community which is a no-cost group where the vision is simply to keep leaders connected, inspired and equipped to thrive personally and to lead flourishing teams.
MBIE- Mental health and wellbeing support
www.tepou.co.nz – Details providers of Mental Health First Aid accredited training programmes that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.
www.eCALD.com – Provides cultural or language-appropriate health and social services for people of Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African backgrounds.
www.leva.co.nz – Le Va supports Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential and have the best possible health and well-being outcomes.
www.ethniccommunities.govt.nz – The Office of ethnic communities provides information, advice and services for ethnic communities in New Zealand and administer funds to support community development and social cohesion.
www.ry.org.nz – The Rainbow Youth is an advocacy and support service for queer and gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex young people across Aotearoa.
www.touchbase.org.au – This website includes resources about MH challenges and substance use relevant to people identifying as LGBTTQIA+