The SA Mental Health Commission recognises that people are feeling worried, stressed and anxious in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are normal reactions to a confusing and fast-changing event.
There are many sources of information on COVID-19 available, which can also add to a sense of confusion.
We recommend that you choose reliable sources of information for updates on COVID-19, including one or two trustworthy sources of news. If you find yourself becoming anxious, try to check sources just twice a day as constant scrolling, searching or consumption can sometimes make you feel more worried.
Isolation or social distancing do not mean cutting yourself off from family, friends and loved ones. Think about ways you can stay in touch. In fact, we may discover or create more innovative ways to stay in touch and to care for one another – which in turn can help us build an even stronger sense of community.
Having a community-focused or outward looking focus is good for our own mental health and wellbeing.
While information will develop to keep pace with the progress of COVID-19, here are some links to keep yourself up to date.
- World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
Below are some links to information which might help you work out ways you can support your mental health and wellbeing during this tricky time:
- Mental Health Coalition of SA: https://www.mhcsa.org.au/covid-19-mental-health-in-uncertain-times/
- Beyond Blue has helpful tips on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
- The Australian Psychological Society has an information sheet on how to cope with coronavirus anxiety.
If you, a friend or family member are experiencing distress please contact one of the following numbers:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
- Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) 1800 013 755