The outbreak of coronavirus and the need to keep physically distant from others is a stressful time for everyone. It’s natural to feel fear, worry or anxiety, especially with the constant cycle of news and updates.
During this time it’s important we do things that will help us cope and maintain good mental health. Children, in particular, may be worried or upset and it can be helpful to find information on how to talk to them about coronavirus.
It is important to look after yourself and your loved ones who are struggling. The Department of Health and Human Services’ website outlines the steps you can take to feel less worried and help you stay positive.
The Federal Government has a range of resources available on its Head to Health website, including self-help options and information on accessing mental health services during COVID.
The National Mental Health Commission also has information and support, including links to online forums and tips for staying mentally healthy.
A new 24/7 support service specifically designed to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic is now available free of charge to all Australians.
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness.
The service offers easy access to a broad range of practical supports from online wellbeing tips, self-help tools to phone counselling from trained mental health professionals and peer to peer support.
If you need to talk to someone about how you are doing, you can call Beyond Blue to speak to a trained counsellor on 1800 512 348.
Headspace has also put out a mental health guide for young people.
Download: Peninsula Health's Food for Mental Wellbeing.