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Looking After Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Outbreak

20 May 2020

Mental health not-for-profit organisation Beyond Blue says it's received a rapid rise in inquiries related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beyond Blue says one-in-four people have contacted the organisation with mental health concerns related to COVID-19.

In the same way that we’re taking careful steps to manage our physical health, we can actively look after our mental health and Beyond Blue is developing resources to support people to do that.

Beyond Blue has set up an online forum where users can talk about their experience, which is moderated by Beyond Blue staff.

Anyone can contact the organisation's mental health professionals 24/7 on the phone and online.

It is expected that there will be more demand for mental health support as the health, social and economic consequences of COVID-19 play out and Beyond Blue encourages everyone to reach out early.

Here are some tips to take care of your mental health:

  • If you're working from home, keep things balanced by blocking out specific hours you will work. 
  • Staying connected with family and friends through video calls or telephone calls, social media or email.
  • Stick to a regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
  • Stay physically active, even just going for a walk.
  • Avoid misinformation, which can fuel anxiety, by reading information from credible sources such as government and health department websites.
  • Set a limit on how much time you spend on social media and news you find distressing.

Mental health professionals are available on the Beyond Blue Support Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via via their online chat service.

For more information or to access support, please visit Beyond Blue.

Sourced from afr.com

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