Get Help Staying mentally well during COVID-19

It’s an uncertain time. That’s for certain.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by coronavirus (COVID-19), be reassured that this is a normal response. It’s important to go easy on yourself and take time for self-care. Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health.

We're here to help.

We're here to help.

On this page, you’ll find tips, activities and online support to promote positive mental health. If it all gets too much, please reach out to someone you trust: a friend, family member, loved one or a professional support service. We’re in this together.

While we have transitioned our face-to-face counselling services to digital platforms, we are still here for you. If you need further support or information, please call (08) 6266 4333.

Tips for staying mentally well during an event like COVID-19

Keep up-to-date, but not with #fakenews

It’s important to stay informed, but try to limit your media intake and use trusted sources, such as the Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

Stay connected

Social distancing doesn’t mean losing connection. Even if you can’t hold someone physically, you can hold them in mind. Check in with your mates via SMS, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or (gasp!) a good ol’ fashioned phone call. Share positive stories. Be kind.

Take 10. Be zen.

When we’re stressed about something, our thoughts tend to speed up. Taking 10 minutes to practice mindfulness can help produce a sense of calmness. If you don’t get what mindfulness is all about, check out our friends at Reachout’s WTF is mindfulness meditation page.

If that’s not for you, try doing an everyday activity in a mindful way or download one of our mindfulness activities here.

Check out our self-help resources

We have a number of resources available right here on our website to assist with managing stress and anxiety, including our ‘100 Coping Strategies’ available for download here.

Dealing with self-isolation or quarantine

During this time, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate). This may seem daunting. Try to see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it. It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to connect with others in different ways than usual.

Structure your day during isolation

Try to keep your personal daily routines, but add in extra things that make you feel good:

  • Strike the right balance between online and offline activities
  • Read a book
  • Watch uplifting movies
  • Create a 30-minute exercise routine (you might need to get creative!)
  • Prepare a healthy homemade meal
  • Try new relaxation techniques
  • Make a music playlist and share it with friends
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep is your super power!
  • Connect with nature. This can be as simple as opening a window, looking at the trees outside or watching the clouds pass by
  • Rest and view this as a new experience that can also have benefits
  • Do odd jobs around the house. Sort out those drawers or cupboards you’ve been stuffing things into for months!
  • Download a mental health app. We’ve listed our favourites here
  • Learn something new. Pick up an instrument or do an online course on a topic that excites or inspires you

Remember, good hygiene is in your hands

The most effective way to stop the spread of any virus is to maintain personal hygiene. Together, we can stop the spread and stay healthy by:

  • Coughing or sneezing into your arm
  • Using a tissue
  • Binning the used tissue
  • Washing your hands thoroughly

If it all gets a bit much…

Acknowledge and pay attention to your own needs and feelings. They’re valid. Sometimes things can get overwhelming, even if you’ve been looking after yourself.

While we have transitioned our face-to-face counselling services to digital platforms, we are still here for you. If you need further support or information, please call (08) 6266 4333.

Lifeline, Kids Helpline and eheadspace can also be accessed for free phone and online counselling.

If you are in an emotional crisis and require urgent support, please contact:

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14

If you are looking for more information and online support, please refer to the following online resources:

To enquire about the services we can provide for you, or someone you know, please call:

(08) 6266 4333 More contact information