We wanted to bring this organisation to your attention. I have mentioned it in previous emails and believe it has some valuable information and resources for anyone who is struggling with this pandemic.

Please take the time to have a read and visit their website: https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19

The information you read could help you or a loved one.

Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic. This page covers where to get the facts about the COVID-19 outbreak, tips for maintaining good mental health, information on how to access mental health services, information for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected by helping them get established online.

Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood. Many people feel distressed by the constant news and overwhelming amount of information about the situation.

Our mental health is equally as important as our physical health during this time.

While we are keeping physically distant, it is more important than ever that we remain socially and emotionally connected.

Mental health organisations, experts and leaders have come together to launch #InThisTogether – a national conversation that everyone can join in on, sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during COVID-19.

#InThisTogether calls on all Australians to proactively follow and share the tips while we remain socially and emotionally connected with family, friends, neighbours and your community.

We will all need a little extra support during this time, so let’s be kind, stay connected, check in with each other, and encourage people to seek professional support when they need it.

Watch the #InThisTogether videos on the  https://www.youtube.com/c/ausmentalhealth  YouTube channel.

During this time, it’s important to do things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health.

Here are some ways to stay mentally healthy.

1  Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Key things that help include:
Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).

    • Stay active—create an exercise routine that can be completed at home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress.
    • Eat well—plan and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
    • Stay connected with friends and family via phone, chat, email, or video conferencing.

2 Stay informed
Getting information from trusted sources can help you determine reasonable precautions to take to maintain your health. See the links we have included above in COVID-19: The facts.

3 Stay positive

    • This is unpleasant, but it will pass.
    • What you say to yourself is important. Listen to the things you are saying to yourself and change negative comments to be more helpful and realistic

4 Access support

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support.

Head to Health have more information about how to access mental health services below. You can also check out the range of phone and online services which can offer mental health support.

We hope this information has helped you.

Don’t forget to check for regular COVID-19 updates at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert