COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our lives and many of us have had to make changes to stop the spread and keep our loved ones and community safe.
Some of these changes, such as physical distancing, staying at home and limiting travel, have made many people feel isolated or lonely.
You may be having trouble sleeping, feeling anxious or stressed, experiencing mood changes, low energy levels or worrying about the future.
Many people are having similar feelings, and you are not alone. If you’re not feeling like yourself, there are things you can do to feel better like:
- Keep in touch with family and friends – on the phone or using video chat if you can’t get together.
- Talking to people about how you are feeling can help you feel better.
- Get enough sleep – sleep will help your body recharge and manage stress better.
- Eat well and stay active – eating healthy foods and exercising is good for mental and physical health.
- Create a routine that works for you – plan your day and have regular sleep and mealtimes.
When you’re feeling off, it is important you know where to go for help. The Australian Government’s Head to Health website has information and resources from trusted mental health organisations. You can access a range of phone and online mental health services or find out more information about how to keep well.
Visit headtohealth.gov.au for information, advice and professional support.
HeadtoHelp provides advice and a welcoming place for everyone who needs mental health and wellbeing support. It is available to all Victorians, whether their mental health issues are pre-existing or have emerged during the pandemic.
Victorians of all ages can now access free mental health support through HeadtoHelp by calling 1800 595 212 or visiting headtohelp.org.au
HeadtoHelp supports GPs and complements existing services including our CAREinMIND™ mental health services. More information for health professionals is available on our website.
With the Commonwealth Department of Health.