Is your Mana running low? Do the challenges of everyday life leave you feeling tilted? Do you need a boost to help you stay in the game?

Mana Restore provides info and resources to summoners and gamers about mental health and wellbeing. Improving your mental health can help you be the best gamer you can be, by helping you to be the healthiest gamer you can be!

  • If this is an emergency and you or someone you know is in immediate physical danger, call 111 now.
  • Need to talk to a trained counsellor right now?  Click here to live web-chat, or free call or text 1737 at any time for mental health and wellbeing support.
  • If someone you know has said something in-game on League of Legends that makes you think they’re in danger, you can submit a ticket for help
  • Discover more free help options in New Zealand. 
  • In-game, it’s easy to tell if your champion is healthy – their health bar is full when they’re strong and ready to fight; it’s low when they’re in trouble. 

  • How do you know if your gaming habits are healthy? How do you know when they’re starting to get unhealthy?

  • Find out the warning signs and tips on what you can do about it.

  • We really value screen time because it can be fun and relaxing.
  • But too much screen time can get in the way of other activities that are good for us, like socialising, sleep and exercise. 
  • Finding a balance between time online and other activities is important for your physical and mental health.
  • A good summoner or gamer needs to have quick reflexes, strong attention to detail and the ability to make decisions in the heat of the moment.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep every night can help you to be alert, aware, and ready to go when you’re in-game.
  • Find our how to get a good night’s sleep.
  • We game to have fun, spend time with friends, explore new environments, learn new skills and score loot.
  •  We don’t play because we want to be harassed by griefers, doxxers, trolls and other bullies.
  •  If you need a little help to deal with bullies online, check out these tips.
  • If you’re being harrassed online and need to act now, call 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) seven days a week, email help@netsafe.org.nz, or text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282.
  • Are your hands cramped up from all your late-night gaming sessions? Do you day-dream about your next chance to get online? Do you find yourself skimping on sleep or skipping meals in order to play more? Have friends and family commented that you’re spending more time in-game than with them? 
  • If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then you might need a digital detox! A break from your digital devices can help relax your mind and your body (and help you play better)!
  • It’s ok to have problems- it’s actually really normal to have problems. But it’s not ok when you feel overhelmed or trapped, because that’s when things get out of hand. Having someone there who can help you work through your problems makes all the difference. That’s what Aunty Dee is all about.
  • Aunty Dee is a free online tool that can help you work through your problems and find solutions. Developing strong problem-solving skills can help you in all areas of your life, including in-game, where your ability to strategise and make quick decisions is crucial!
  • Access Aunty Dee here.
  • Every good gamer needs a well-stocked arsenal of items to help them succeed in-game! They also need a range of tools and strategies they can use to keep themselves healthy and happy.
  • Check out these handy online tools that will teach you new skills and support your wellbeing.
  • What is online gaming? Why is it so popular? How much time spent gaming is too much time spent gaming? What are the signs of unhealthy gaming?
  • Learn more about gaming and how to encourage young people in your life to game in a healthy way.  
  • Collecting gold, coins or loot can give you a real advantage in-game, helping you create a better version of your character or buy new armour and weapons.
  • The knowledge and skills that support mental health and wellbeing work in the same way: the more knowledge we collect and the more skills we develop, the more equipped we are to deal with life’s challenges.
  • Spend some time building up your mental wealth out-of-game so that you can spend it on taking care of yourself and friends and whānau.
  • Access Mental Wealth here.

 

  • Even if a million people play the same character as you in-game, there’s only one of you out-of-game. We want you to live well and feel good so that you can be your best self: confident, cool, and capable of using your unique strengths both in-game and out.
  • Check out these tips and tools to help you to look after your mental health and wellbeing and to feel good about yourself in every way.

 

  • Atu-Mai is a series of Mana renewing, interactive, online workshops designed by and for Pasifika young people. The Atu-Mai resources aim to strengthen your self-worth through culture, support you to build respectful relationships, and navigate communicating with your elders and family.
  • Learning how to respect ourselves, respect each other, and communicate effectively with those we care about is essential both in-game and out.
  • Access Atu-Mai here.

Check In

Learning about mental health issues means you can check yourself and check in on your mates too. Click and drag side to side to scroll through the topics to learn more.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is a state of mind.  Everyone has mental health, just as we all have physical health. Having positive mental health means we have strong relationships, and cope with everyday stress in life to reach our full potential.

Myth-Busters for Mental Health Problems

Some people misunderstand what mental health problems really are. When this happens we can judge people the wrong way, exclude them and end up being disrespectful. We can change this by busting those myths together!

How to check in

Have you got a mate who’s just not themselves lately? Maybe a family member who seems angry or withdrawn? Do you want to say something but are not sure how?

Depression

It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, angry or miserable, especially if we’ve gone through stressful times.

Depression is more than this.

Anxiety

We all know what it’s like to feel worried. Unfortunately for some people, worrying, feeling on edge and panic can be much more intense and overwhelming.

Alcohol

A lot of people don’t think alcohol is a drug. It’s actually the most widely used and easily accessible drug in New Zealand. It can have a major impact on your mental health. There’s lots of help available to learn how to ease up on the drink.

Being Bullied?

No-one deserves to be bullied. Bullying is a serious problem that can disrupt your life and lead to physical and emotional health problems. You don’t have to go through this alone. Help is available.

Online Bullying

Online bullying, or cyber bullying, is when a person uses digital technology to send, post or publish content to hurt someone. There’s lots of tips on how to deal with this.

What is healthy gaming?

Gaming is a normal and healthy part of our lives and it can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. For a small number of young people, gaming can have a more negative impact on everyday life.

Grief

Grief is our natural response to loss – for example, we experience grief when someone close to us dies. We all experience grief differently. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months, for others, it’s years.

Feel Good

There's only one of you and we want you to live well and feel good so you can be your best self. Check out tips and tools on how to feel good.

Mind

Body

Soul

Mindfulness

Looking for ideas of how to reduce our stress and anxiety? Practising mindfulness activities can help us chill out and clear our minds, so we can deal with things better.

Sleep Well

A good sleep at night helps you manage better during the day. Learn to overcome those annoying things that keep you awake and how to get a good pattern of sleep.

Relax. Breathe.

Your mental wealth relies on you taking the time to look after both your body and mind. Sometimes life gets so busy, and you forget to take time out to relax, rest and recharge. Breathing is another way to take your relaxation in life to the next level.

Grow Gratitude

Did you know that feeling grateful for what we have can improve our mental wealth? Appreciating people and things makes us happy! But it takes a lot of practice so give it a try.

Digital Detox

Recharge and refresh yourself! Perhaps it’s time to step away, have a break from those digital devices that take up all of our time and focus. Sometimes we can lose track of reality and our relationships with the real world. A digital detox might just help us recharge, regain sight of what’s important and take better care of ourselves.

Eat Well

If we want to feel good, we need to make the right choices about what we eat and drink. What we eat and drink not only affects our appearance, but also our energy levels, and the way we think about feel about ourselves.

Get Moving

A strong body supports a strong mind and can help us cope with things like stress, anger and anxiety. There’s lots of fun ways to get moving, on your own or with mates. Every little bit counts!

Spirituality

Spirituality generates positive emotions in people. Whether it’s about having a greater purpose in life, a religion, or living out your personal values, spirituality can make us feel good.

Cultural Identity

Culture gives us a sense of belonging, pride and identity. It’s something to celebrate and cherish. Find out how we can discover and nurture our cultural identities.

Stay Connected

It's a fact that people who are connected are more likely to be happy. Find out how to stay connected so you look after your mental wealth.

Get help now

If you or someone you know is in immediate physical danger, call 111 now. If you’re experiencing mental health problems or need support, help is a phone call away.

How to connect

Staying connected to friends, whānau, school, work, nature and the world around you is critical to your wellbeing.

Understanding gaming: Tips for friends and whānau

Are you worried about a family member’s gaming habits and internet use? Learn how to engage in conversation with them.

Screen Time Tips

We really value screen time because it can be fun and relaxing. But too much screen time can get in the way of other activities that are good for us, like socialising, sleep and exercise.

Finding a balance between time online and other activities is important for your physical and mental health.

Intergenerational communication

Connecting with parents, grandparents, aunties or uncles can help us feel a sense of belonging.

Aunty Dee

For when life sux, Aunty Dee can help you solve your problems.

Sparx e-therapy

e-therapy for young people who are feeling down, worried or stressed.

For Pasifika

Atu-Mai: culturally-based tools to support Pacific young people to unleash their full potential.

Netsafe

Online safety for New Zealand.

Youthline

Here to help and here for you. Text Youthline on 234.

The Lowdown

Straighup answers for when life sux.

Common Ground

Advice and information on how to be part of a support network for a distressed young person.

The Journal

Teaching you the skills to help yourself.