Help available for Stress – just ask!

Sadly 2020 has proven to be a year with significant challenges and we are only in the 4th month, the current challenge affecting our community and the nation is the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There will be a great deal of medical information available from the NSW Department of Health, but one area that we all have to be careful of is the fear and anxiety caused by the crisis.

This can affect both the young and the old across all groups in society and it’s important that we support family and neighbours particularly those who will be most isolated. People who may respond more strongly to the stress of the crisis includes older people and people with chronic diseases who are at a higher risk for COVID-19.

Another vulnerable group includes those who are helping with the response to COVID-19 like doctors and other health care providers or first responders. As a community let’s all make sure we keep an eye on each other, to make sure everyone is okay. This could include checking on neighbours or maybe a phone call to friends or relatives.

If you are experiencing stress you can try these things:
–          Take breaks from watching or reading new stories including social media.  Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
–          Take care of your body, take deep breaths, stretch or meditate, try to eat healthy, well-balance meals, get exercise, get plenty of sleep, and avoid excess alcohol.
–          Make time to unwind try to do other activities you enjoy.
–          Connect with others talk to people who you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

If you need additional help for stress, there is help available.

Beyond Blue
Talk to a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Calls are confidential. They will listen, provide information and advice and point you in the right direction to seek further support.
Beyond Blue
 1300 22 46 36

Lifeline
24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Lifeline
 131 114

Kids Helpline
A telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kids Helpline 
1800 551 800

NSW Mental Health Line
A mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people.
Mental Health Line
 1800 011 511

Suicide Call Back Service

National services that provides free 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Suicide Call Back Service
 1300 659 467