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Looking after your wellbeing

Posted: 24 March 2020

Scholar's Platform,

It is normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing, such as coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are some proactive steps you can take to maintain a healthy emotional state. It is essential you stay connected with family and friends via telephone, email, or social media during this time. Eat healthily, exercise at home or by taking a walk around your neighbourhood – making sure to practice ‘social distancing’ (a minimum of 1.5m apart). Keep your mind occupied with activities like your studies, cooking, reading, music, and art.

Please reach out to your support system if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed; it is ok to seek help. Just talking to someone can make you feel better.

Along with the information provided by your institutions, here are some resources that may help you look after your overall wellbeing and mental health – or the wellbeing and mental health of those you are close to – during these uncertain times.

 

Online resources for mental health and wellbeing

If you need to talk to someone about your situation, please contact your student contact officer who will be best placed to advise on resources available through your overseas student health care provider or institution.  You can also seek information and help for free from the following places:

Mental health and wellbeing fact sheet for scholars (Australia Awards)

Lifeline Australia: short-term support for people who are overwhelmed and having difficulty coping or staying safe

Beyond Blue:  information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Emerging Minds: for parents supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Headspace: online support and counselling for 12-25-year-olds

Black Dog Institute: tools and resources for anxiety and stress accessible to anyone, anywhere

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health: multilingual information about mental health

 

State-specific COVID-19 information for international students

Australian Capital Territory
Study Canberra: COVID-19 Information for Students

Queensland
Study Queensland: Information for students regarding COVID-19

New South Wales
Study NSW: COVID-19 response to support international students in NSW

South Australia
Study Adelaide: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for International Students

Victoria
Study Melbourne: Coronavirus (COVID-19) support for international students

Western Australia
Study Perth: COVID-19 information for students

 

 

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