What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19 as this particular strain is called, is continuing to affect many people around the world.
Until a vaccine or treatment is developed, one of the best ways to help stop the virus spreading is by ‘social distancing’.
This, quite simply, means staying at home unless you need to go out, such as going to work or to the shop for your groceries.
It also means keeping a safe distance from everyone else – at one and a half metres – to help avoid the possibility of the virus being passed on.
Additionally, people who have recently arrived in Western Australia or those infected with the virus, must self-isolate. Those in self-isolation must not have contact with others for 14 days, meaning they are not allowed to leave their accommodation for any reason.
These measures present a number of challenges, including being separated from friends and family, the loss of freedom, and maybe the loss of a job.
These challenges, and many more, can lead some people to feel anxious, frustrated and scared.
If this includes you, here are a number of simple actions you can take to help maintain your mental health and wellbeing.
If the COVID-19 outbreak is causing you particular stress or anxiety, or if you are beginning to feel overwhelmed, it’s important to reach out for help. You can use our check-up tool to assess how you are feeling and we’ll point you to advice, tips and support.
If you need to talk to someone, beyondblue are available 24/7 to provide wellbeing counselling and mental health support for your day to day needs.
Telephone: 1300 224 636
For other support check out our Useful Contacts.
Information for Aboriginal people can be found at strongspiritstrongmind.com.au