This advice is focused on ways to support and manage yours and your family’s mental health and wellbeing.
There is advice that is accessible that seeks to provide relevant and updated information about coronavirus and positive mental health and wellbeing. This information aims to help you feel less overwhelmed by the amount of information available about the virus.
It is a time to check in and prioritise yours and your family’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. At this time there may seem like there are a lot of unknowns, random events that might feel outside of your control. It is a human response in these situations to feel overwhelmed, fearful and anxious.
- Stick to the facts and rely on scientific sources for up to date and accurate information.
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services – https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Australian Government Department of Health- https://www.health.gov.au/
- Identify who are your support network- family/friends/colleagues/health professionals.
- Maintain contact with your support network. This can be achieved through phone calls, emails, facetime etc.
MENTAL &PHYSICAL WELLBEING:
- Where possible and practicable try to stay with some familiar routines. i.e. mealtimes, bedtimes, family and friend time, school work and extracurricular activities.
- Focus on what is achievable rather than what is not achievable.
- Prioritise activities that enhance wellness- stress management, relaxation, exercise, balanced diet, sleep routines, monitor access to media
TALKING WITH CHILDREN:
- Minimise the impact by explaining the facts to them. Being open and honest with them helps them to cope in serious situations. Small amounts of useful information are encouraged.
- Sharing information helps them to process their fears and worries and it helps children to not overthink, imagine worst case scenarios or blame themselves.
- Speaking with your child shows them that you trust and value them and can help grow their resilience around managing stressful situations.
RESPONDING TO DISTRESS:
- Feelings of distress and being overwhelmed need to be acknowledged and responded to.
- Connect with your support network.
- If you feel you need support in responding to your child’s distress, seek support from a health professional – GP, Psychologist/Counsellor, Kids Helpline-1800551800, Parentline-