Covid-19 has presented a challenge for us and we can become overwhelmed with all the restrictions and uncertainty. Explore what the experts have to say about fostering our wellbeing.
Whether you are returning to campus or arriving for the first time, we are here to help you look after your wellbeing. Our first wellbeing toolkit is designed to help our international students look after their mental health, providing useful information on how and when to access help alongside useful resources and links. Download your copy now.
As well as exploring the material above you can dig a little deeper with the resources below and canvas other services offering assistance.
- WHO - Advice to the public
- COVID-19 support - Head to Health
- Coronavirus information and symptom checklist - Health Direct
- COVID-19 health information - SA Health
Download our tip lists
- COVID-19 wellbeing masterclass - a summary of our top tips for managing mental health
- In close quarters - tips for living closely with others during periods of social restrictions
- Distance and relationships - strategies for managing distance relationships
- Studying from home - tips for studying online and at home
- Setting up for exam success - tips on how to do exams in an online environment
Responding to your mental health during COVID
- COVID-19 resources - information sheets on coping with anxiety and social isolation (Psychology.org.au)
- FACE COVID - Russ Harris youtube
- Looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak - beyondblue
- Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 - Medicine Sans Frontières - video
- Mental health and COVID-19 - SA Health
- Managing your mental health online during COVID 19 - E Mental Health in Practice
Reassuring young people/children
- Reassuring young people about the unknown - Black Dog Institute
Try some practical responses from the Find Meaning category of the Wellbeing Hub.
Organisations offering support
- Be Well Plan - SA based free wellbeing and resilience 5 week program from SAHMRI
- Lifeline - for phone, text or chat online counselling options
- This Way Up - free online tools to help you learn practical ways to support your mental health through COVID-19
- LETSS (Lived Experience Telephone Support Service) - peer based, after hours phone and online chat to access mental health support.
- Relationships Australia - ASK Peace. A telephone based mental health service ((08) 8245 8110, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm) for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in South Australia who have been impacted by COVID-19. An interpreter service is available.
When we fall and break a leg, we get help immediately. But it can be harder to know when it’s time to seek help for our emotional health. During times of stress or uncertainty we might notice our wellbeing change gradually over a longer period of time resulting in us feeling less able to cope. We might start struggling to begin an assignment or feel less inclined to connect with our friends for support. It can be hard to know when to act. Finding an easy and simple way to check in with ourselves around a few key wellbeing areas is a great way to plan what might help and know when it’s time to ask for help.
The Black Dog Institute have produced an excellent self-assessment tool to guide you through a few simple questions. On a weekly basis, working through this tool can help you keep track of wellbeing. It also allows you to develop a self-care plan, either individually or with the help of health professionals, which can be a helpful way to build positive wellbeing whilst we travel through this situation together.