Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
Stay ChatTY recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some tips that might be helpful to manage any changes to daily life.
Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
Working from home/school
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 workspace.
Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing
Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, you may find it useful to limit your media intake if it is upsetting you or your family.
Only access good quality information
It’s important to get accurate information from credible sources such as those listed below. This will also help you maintain perspective and feel more in control.
- Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- smartraveller.gov.au – travel information for Australian citizens
- World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Stay ChatTY is not a counselling service
If you ever feel unable to cope because of overwhelming or intense emotions, or if you have any thoughts of harming yourself, then ask for help immediately. These services are available to you for anything big or small.
National 24/7 crisis services
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- beyondblue: 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
Or visit https://staychatty.com.au/get-help/ for a full list of in-person, telephone and online services.
It’s a difficult thing to go through, but there is help out there and you can bounce back.