COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak may be causing feelings of anxiety and stress for many people.
Everyone reacts differently to 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.
NSW Health provides credible, up-to-date information on the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in NSW.
The World Health Organisation provides information and updates on a global scale.
Article | Beyond Blue’s ‘Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak’ article
Blog | Act-Belong-Commit’s ‘Keeping mentally healthy when isolated or spending a lot of time at home’ blog
Factsheet | Australia Psychological Society’s collection of fact sheets for coping with anxiety and social isolation
Factsheet | Black Dog Institute’s self-care information and template
Factsheet | eMHPrac’s fact sheet for managing mental health online
Factsheet | OzHelp Foundation’s ‘Looking after yourself and others during times of uncertainty’ factsheet
Online Forum | Beyond Blue’s online forum: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak
Resources | Emerging Mind’s resources for supporting children during the COVID-19 outbreak
Resources | Phoenix Australia’s mental health resources for community members and health practitioners
Support Information | Head to Health’s practical psychological skills to cope with anxiety and worry
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 tips to take care of yourself during coronavirus
Tips | R U OK? tips for staying connected
Tips | SANE Australia’s tips for maintaining wellbeing of those living with complex mental health issues
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.
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.
Blog | It’s Grief and I’m Feeling It Too from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
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 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, 7 nights)