We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult situation, and for many people it might create extra stress, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed. You may not know where to go for support or what strategies can work for you, or for a friend you might be concerned about.
It's totally normal to feel that way, and we're here to help.
There are many ways you can look after yourself and find support.
Tips for looking after yourself
Headspace have resources specifically for young people here including:
- Common reactions to the current situation
- Tips for maintaining a healthy headspace
For information on how to cope with difficult situations and have strength during this time, check out these practical tips from the (pdf 443kb) . There's 12 practical tips ( Wellbeing and Resilience Institute in New Zealand (pdf link)(pdf 99kb) ) including: picture version here
- Choosing where you focus your attention
- Focus on what you can control and on what matters
- Be kind to yourself
- … amongst others.
If you're looking for some tips to stay happy and hopeful during the restrictions - including some fun things you can do (kitchen dance party?!), check out: https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/coronavirus-tips-for-self-isolating
Local Support Services:
Headspace Knox - support for young people 12 to 25 with mental health support and youth friendly, free doctors.
EACH - the EACH Youth Clinic can help if you are in need of a mental health care plan to access a psychologist. One of their doctors can help you.
Maroondah Youth Support Service - our youth support service provides practical, goal-based support for young people in Maroondah.
Online Support Chats:
If you think you'd benefit from talking with a mental health professional, there's options for you to get connected and get support
Online support and counselling for young people aged 12 to 25. They run an online 1 on 1 chat from 9am to 1am and group chats https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
Kids Helpline provides 24/7 phone, email and online counselling for young people 5 to 25 years old. https://kidshelpline.com.au/
COVID-19 Online Support and Resource List
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support
Managing Emotions - Including Online Courses
Look after yourself, and your friends as best you can and reach out for help when you need it. We'll all get through this together and come out the other side stronger if we use the resources available to us, and look out for each other.