Episode -Special: COVID-19 and your mental health
You've no doubt heard the saying 'unprecedented times' a lot right now. But it's the best way to put it. What you are living through is unlike anything ever experienced. It's scary and stressful. Full of uncertainty and loneliness. And it can put a strain on your mental health. So, what can you do to take back some control and look after yourself and the people around you? This is a special podcast episode looking at COVID-19 and your mental health.
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Letitia is the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinator for Hunter New England LHD. Letitia is passionate about rural communities and comes from a prior agriculture background in production, commodity trading, natural resource management and industry development. However, after seeing first-hand the devastating consequences of poor mental health on her community and wanting to be part of a positive practical solution, she undertook postgraduate studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. After working as a therapist, Letitia joined RAMHP in North Western NSW three years ago. She promotes early intervention through awareness and understanding, and works towards having all people living in rural and remote NSW linked to the appropriate mental health information, resources and services.
Tessa is the Program Manager for RAMHP based in Holbrook NSW. Tessa grew up on her family farm on the Darling Downs, where her family remains a strong part of South East Queensland’s cattle industry. Having experienced both the benefits and challenges of rural life, Tessa has a strong passion for improving the mental health of those living rural and regional communities. She is responsible for the strategic management of 19 RAMHP Coordinators located across rural NSW. She is also responsible for the broader partnerships with key stakeholders such as NSW Farmers, Local Health Districts, Country Women’s Association, The Land and Primary Health Networks. Prior to taking her role as the Program Manager for RAMHP, Tessa spent nearly 7 years in healthcare consulting for Deloitte, working across Australia and Canada.
For resources, tips, information, services and support during COVID-19 please head to our dedicated page at www.crrmh.com.au/covid-19-coronavirus-information/
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, you can call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice.
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)
Other services that are confidential and available 24/7.
- Suicide Call Back Service– 1300 659 467
- MensLine– 1300 78 99 78
- Kids Help Line (for young people aged 5 to 25)– 1800 55 1800
- Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
Tips on looking after yourself
In tough times we also need to remember to look after ourselves. Taking care of yourself is important, as it will increase your capacity to deal with stress.
- Try to take some time out
- Do things you enjoy
- Keep in touch with family, friends and neighbours
- Reflect on the good stuff
- Eat well, sleep well and only use alcohol in moderation