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How to help combat mental health issues brought on by Covid-19

by rt staff writer in Wellbeing

The most common consequences of a pandemic or disease outbreak include anxiety and panic, depression, anger, confusion and uncertainty, as well as financial stress, says the Black Dog Institute*.

With the Covid-19 situation going on longer than most people could have anticipated, these things have only been amplified. Although many of us now might appear cavalier in our attitude towards how things have turned out, it is still an extremely confronting time. Not least of which because of the not knowing when, and if, things will return to ‘normal’.

There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help during such a time; or indeed at any time. The fact that people can now receive psychological treatment via telehealth services, via telephone and the internet, has been a godsend for many. With the added advantages of no time wasted travelling to and from appointments, and total privacy for patients, who don’t need to sit in a communal waiting room.

Just talking about ‘stuff’ with an understanding person, whether they be friend or therapist, can be a great help. Isolation from people to talk to and just blow off steam became a common problem during Covid-19. With the majority of people working from home for long periods, if you’re not naturally an introvert, it probably isn’t your cup of tea. Although of course you can have as many cups of tea as you like when working from home.

Most employers have an Employee Assistance Program, whereby staff can obtain completely confidential and private advice from qualified therapists and counsellors. There is no need to tell your employer you are receiving this help, you just need the contact details, all sessions are completely private and confidential.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call Emergency on 000

You can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or website, https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Black Dog Institute clinic: 02 9382 2991, website: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

*Link to Black Dog Institute publication http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200319_covid19-evidence-and-reccomendations.pdf

DISCLAIMER

This wellbeing message is brought to you by the health and wellbeing team at rt health – the health fund for transport and energy people. The health information provided here is intended to be informative only and should be carefully evaluated for its source, accuracy, completeness and relevance for your purposes. It is not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. Always obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to your particular circumstances.

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