Staying well informed during the coronavirus
We’ve put together a list of reliable resources to help guide you through this stressful time.
When it comes to COVID-19, it’s important to get accurate information from credible sources to help maintain perspective and feel more in control. These sources include:
- Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19) : Health Direct have also developed a COVID-19 Symptom Checker - an online, self-guided tool to help people find out if they need to seek medical help.
- smartraveller.gov.au – travel information for Australian citizens
- World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
If you’re unsure what is or isn’t a trustworthy source, methods like the SIFT technique can help you out.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to:
- activate your support network
- acknowledge feelings of distress
- seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.
For those already managing mental health issues, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms.
Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing. In circumstances where this is not possible, staying connected with friends and family online or by phone may assist. Beyond Blue also has a dedicated page on its forums about coping during the coronavirus outbreak.
Acknowledge feelings of distress and seek further professional support if required.
If you need assistance please visit the dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Trained mental health professionals are available to talk to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone.