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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic may be causing feelings of anxiety and stress for many people.

Everyone reacts differently to uncertain situations. It’s important to recognise that it’s common and normal to experience emotions such as stress, sadness and confusion as well as feeling scared or angry in crises such as this.

People might begin to worry more and engage in reassurance-seeking, repeated checking of social media, avoidance, isolating, disengaging from activities or loved ones.

Factors such as uncertainty about the future, sensationalist media coverage and a tendency to be overly influenced by others (panic buying) play a part rather than relying on your own information.

 

Tips for managing stress

• Be aware of your own thinking
• Focus on finding solutions right now
• Come up with a plan of action
• Focus your attention on things within your control
• Stick to trusted sources of information (WHO and NSW Health)
• Limit time engaging with media and social media
• Be aware of helpful versus unhelpful social conversations
• Try to maintain a healthy routine
• If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your GP

Please click on the links below for helpful information, advice and support. You may also find some of our Downloadable Resources helpful.

COVID-19 Health information

NSW Health provides credible, up-to-date information and health advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The World Health Organisation provides information and updates on a global scale.

 

COVID-19 Support information

Blog | Act-Belong-Commit’s ‘Keeping mentally healthy when isolated or spending a lot of time at home’ blog

Fact Sheet | Australia Psychological Society’s collection of fact sheets for coping with anxiety and maintaining mental health

Fact Sheet | eMHPrac’s fact sheet for managing your mental health online

Fact Sheet | OzHelp Foundation’s ‘Looking after yourself and others during times of uncertainty’ fact sheet

Online Forum | Beyond Blue’s online forum: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

Resources | Beyond Blue’s dedicated web page for mental wellbeing support

Resources | Evidence-based resources for feelings of anxiety and stress from Black Dog Institute

Resources | Emerging Mind’s resources for supporting children during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources |  Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia’s ‘staying healthy and strong’ posters for Indigenous Australians

Resources | Kids Helpline’s Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19 guide book

Resources | Phoenix Australia’s mental health resources for community members and health practitioners

Support Information | Head to Health’s support web page on maintaining mental health, managing financial stress and accessing services

Support Information | Heads Up support for employees, business owners and those stood down during COVID-19

Support Information | Life in Mind’s list of resources and support information

Tips | ReachOut’s guide to dealing with constant change due to COVID-19

Video | FACE COVID video How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis, written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris

 

Evidence-based articles

Brooks et al. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet, 395(10227), 912-920.

Black Dog Institute. (2020). Mental Health Ramifications of COVID-19: The Australian Context.

Campion et al. (2020). Addressing the public mental health challenge of COVID-19. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(8), 657-659.

Gunnell et al. (2020). Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(6), 468-471.

Holmes et al. (2020). Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(6), 547-560.

Deady et al. (2020). Unemployment, suicide and COVID‐19: using the evidence to plan for prevention. The Medical Journal of Australia.

  • Life in Mind and the University of Melbourne are collating suicide-related research regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian COVID-19 Suicide Research web page provides research papers, publications and a study directory of current or planned research activities.
  • Factual, evidence-based information and media articles on COVID-19 can be found from The Conversation and ABC News. Online information can be a great way to stay up-to-date, but constant exposure to media articles may increase your levels of anxiety. Try limiting your access if you are feeling increasingly worried or anxious.

 

RAMHP resources

Blog | Change and how it impacts on your ability to think logically from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Blog | COVID-19: the male perspective from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Blog | It’s Grief and I’m Feeling It Too from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Blog | Refuelling for the long road ahead from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Blog | Wellbeing: how to get some and maintain it when life hands you buckets of sh…lemons! from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Blog | 10 tips for connecting with older relatives during COVID-19 times from the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Fact Sheet | Let’s Talk Building Social Connections

Fact Sheet | Let’s Talk Coping with Uncertainty 

Fact Sheet | Let’s Talk Rural Adversity

Podcast | COVID-19 and your mental health RAMHP Let’s Talk podcast

 

Immediate help

If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, or are having difficulty managing self-isolation or quarantine:

Lifeline is available for mental health and crisis support.

Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days)

Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)

Chat online: https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)

Beyond Blue can provide advice and support through its Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service.

Phone: 1800 512 348 (24 hours / 7 days)

BEING Supported mental health peer support line provides non-crisis assistance to people experiencing mental or emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phone: 1800 151 151 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10.00 pm, 7 days) *NSW only

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