Mental Health

Your mental health is always important and during COVID-19 this is no different.

Physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. It is more important than ever to remain connected with our friends, family and community.

Keep Connected with friends

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An obvious one but social connection is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. Social distancing means that you will need to find new ways of staying connected with your family, friends and community. Luckily we live in a time when there are many options to keep connected. Group chats, Skype, Snapchat, FaceTime, Houseparty …. I don’t really have to explain you get it. Just make sure your communicating in a positive way.

Practice self-care

Self-care is a commitment to make time for those activities that help you to relax and feel good. When done correctly it gives you a greater capacity to manage stress, increase resilience and can help with the management of some mental health symptoms.

What works as Self-care is different for everyone as we are all unique. Things like Music, Art, Reading, Meditation, Mindfulness, Online learning, Exercise, building something or even gardening are some examples.

If your muscle and joints are hurting from sitting at the desk for too long I am also happy to help. You can do so by making an appointment here.

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Maintain Perspective

While it is very reasonable to be concerned, try to remember to maintain perspective. Stay calm and practical. Find a healthy balance in relation to the media and try not to make assumptions and get information from credible sources.

Most importantly… Seek support

Cover-19 will affect everyone differently and there are experts in this field offering free online and telephone support services. Here is a list of some of the main ones in Geelong and what there service is;

OrganisationPhone NumberTimesService
Headspace1800 650 8909am – 1am, 7 daysSupport for young people aged 12-25 and their families going through a tough time.
Kids Helpline1800 551 80024 hours, 7 daysCounselling services for kids and young people.
Beyond Blue1300 224 63624 hours, 7 daysCounselling, information and advice provided by trained mental health professionals.
Lifeline13 11 1424 hours, 7 daysCrisis support and suicide prevention services.
Direct Line1800 888 23624 hours, 7 daysAlcohol and drug counselling and referral services.
RESPECT1800 737 73224 hours, 7 daysSexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
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