CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Advice for South Australians
The Mental Health Commissioners recognises that many people are feeling worried, stressed and anxious in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 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, neighbours and loved ones. Think about ways you can stay in touch. In fact, we are discovering and creating more innovative ways to stay in touch and to care for one another.
Having a community-focused or outward looking focus is good for our own mental health and wellbeing.
There are practical steps we can take to ease some of the anxiety and feel a better sense of being in control including sleep, eating regularly, getting some fresh air, staying hydrated and exercising. Perhaps now is the time to begin some healthy new habits such as exercise and limiting consumption of alcohol and tobacco.
If you can manage it, try to have a strategy for day-to-day living even if it’s different from your normal routine, as well as keeping physically safe by following government guidelines.
We also recognise that the coronavirus pandemic is challenging for people who experience depression or anxiety, particularly with a lack of physical engagement and disruption to normal routines.
We have included links to excellent resources as well as graphics for downloading and sharing – and we’ll keep adding valuable information.
If there is a bright spot in uncertain times, we will all emerge from this crisis a little kinder, have a greater sense of community and we will know our neighbours.
We are truly #inthistogether
Download our useful graphics and share:
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 challenging time:
- Open your World: openyourworld.sa.gov.au
- Mental Health Coalition of SA: 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:
- SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 1800 632 753
- 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