Health | April 01, 2020
Locals urged to look out for each other
The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP is encouraging community members to look after their mental health and take the time to check in with loved ones and neighbours as work continues to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Ms Kealy, who is also the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, said communities were facing stress and uncertainty as people came to terms with increasing restrictions to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
She encouraged local residents to take measures to ensure their wellbeing and to reach out for support.
“If you are worried about coronavirus and how it is affecting your life or people you love, you’re not alone,” Ms Kealy said.
“As well as taking care of our physical health, we must look after our mental health, especially during periods of isolation.
“The current environment can lead to feelings of anxiety and concern.
“Make sure you get regular fresh air, exercise as appropriate and keep in touch with family and friends over the phone.
“Although we can’t physically gather with family and friends, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with our loved ones, whether that’s with a phone call or video call.”
Ms Kealy said Beyond Blue had a range of resources and useful tips on how people could look after their mental health during this time of social distancing. These tips include:
- Trying to maintain perspective;
- Finding a healthy balance in relation to media coverage;
- Accessing quality, accurate information;
- Trying to maintain a practical and calm approach.
Ms Kealy said people could visit www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak for more information.
The Australia Government has also set up a website – headtohealth.gov.au – to help people during the coronavirus outbreak.
Anyone needing immediate support can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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