Looking after your mental health
  • Last updated:
  • 01 Apr 2020

There are several resources available to support you and your staff during this difficult time.

Tips for staying mentally healthy

Beyond Blue have release the following tips to help stay mentally healthy:

  • Try to maintain perspective
  • Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage
  • Access good quality information
  • Try to maintain a practical and calm approach
  • Try not to make assumptions
  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus
  • Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus
  • Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone
  • Connect with others via the Beyond Blue forums thread: Coping during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
  • Try to maintain physical activity
  • Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits
  • For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated work space
  • Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing. 

If you’re struggling with your mental health, support is available. Please reach out. 

Here are some other good places to start when you want some support. 

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14 / Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
  • MensLine - 1300 78 99 78
  • Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
  • Emergency - phone 000 for police, ambulance or fire services.
  • Beyond Blue have established a dedicated COVID-19 online forum for people to share their concerns and connect online to support one another.
  • ReachOut have online youth forums and online parents forums for COVID-19 offering peer support in safe and established online communities.  
  • SANE have an active online forum focused on unpacking fact from fiction about COVID-19 and providing self-care strategies.
  • Lifeline chat online (7pm - midnight, every night).
WHS laws apply to psychological as well as physical risks. Make sure you and your employees know what support is available, including:
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