Why people don’t wash their hands, or F*(! you, I won’t do what you tell me

If we prompt and form habits collectively, I think we’d be far more likely to embed these habits into our daily habits, and then we don’t need to think about them. We’d just do them. For ourselves, and by extension, for each other.

If Your Comms Message is Suboptimal, Change it. But Own it. Because This is All About Trust.

I wanted to highlight two recent changes in communications messaging from the Ministry of Health in the last few days, because I think they are good examples of what we need to focus on if we want to get the bigger picture of good messaging right in these times of Covid19. Responsive messaging builds trust. It’s sometimes difficult to do, but it’s almost always worth the effort.

Feeling anxious about COVID-19 / Coronavirus? This may help. Can you help?

It’s hard to know what to believe in a rapidly changing situation, when big decisions are being made at a pace that can feel bewildering. For those people that live with anxiety, these effects can be magnified, and for some who haven’t experienced anything like this before, anxiety can appear, which can be both confusing and alarming. Here’s a list of helpful resources.

Wellington, We Have A Problem …

It’s March 12. COVID19 is making its way around Europe. It has established footholds in the USA. Although some countries seem to have been largely successful in containing the spread of the virus, I think with the global declaration of pandemic by the WHO today has finally named the elephant in the room, the world’s worst kept secret. But it’s out there now.

So, what next?

Potential psychosocial impacts of recent flooding in New Zealand

The south of New Zealand is experiencing exceptional flooding events – in Fiordland and towns in Southland too – this is still ongoing, with much uncertainty for residents about what this will mean for them now, and in the future.

How to support health and welfare workers during a potential coronavirus outbreak

With the plane carrying people home from Wuhan scheduled to arrive in New Zealand later today, and the people then being screened and transported to a designated quarantine facility for 14 days. I wanted to talk about what we should be doing to protect and care for those health and welfare workers who will be working in environments where they potentially may be exposed to the novel coronavirus.