Looking after your mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions
The impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, physical distancing, restrictions and isolation can leave us with feelings of uncertainty. For information on how to look after your mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions see: LINK
Head to Health
Wherever you are on your mental health journey, Head to Health – the Government’s digital mental health gateway – can help you find the information and services that best meet your needs.
Head to Health can point you to information, advice, and free and low-cost phone and online mental health services and resources to:
improve your overall sense of wellbeing
help you with something that is worrying you
get help for someone you care about
Check in with a team mate
If a loved one, friend or colleague doesn’t seem like themselves do you know how to tell the difference between a bad mood or something more serious?
The following 9 signs of mental illness are here to reassure you that there might be a good reason to check in with someone you care about.
1. Feeling anxious or worried
2. Feeling depressed or unhappy
3. Emotional outbursts
4. Sleep problems
5. Weight or appetite changes
6. Quiet or withdrawn
7. Substance abuse
8. Feeling guilty or worthless
9. Changes in behaviour or feelings
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention in the present moment and has been found to be a key element in reducing stress and increasing overall happiness.
The below list of mindfulness app recommendations are easy-to-use and available for free.
Smiling Mind is an Australian mindfulness meditation smartphone app created as a non-profit initiative.
MyLife Meditation is designed to help you be more mindful and compassionate using a meditation guide.
Mindfulness free account includes meditations for stress and anxiety reduction, sleep guidance and mind training.
Insight Timer is the meditation app with a large free library of guided meditations.
Headspace Mindfulness Meditation
Guided mindfulness meditation for stress, sleep, kids, work, anxiety, and focus (free trial for 14 days)