|We realise this lockdown can be a tricky time for many. We want you to know that you’re not alone. Whether you’re stuck inside in the same place for the next few weeks or an essential worker (thank you!), the COVID-19 situation in Sydney at the moment can be really stressful. First, we wanted to thank you for following health guidelines, staying home and keeping safe!
While lockdown can feel isolating, it’s important to remember to reach out to friends and family and check in with your loved ones. I’ve been calling a family member or friend each time I go for my daily walk around the block – how have you been checking in with your community?
As much as you’re looking after others, keep making sure to look after yourself as well! We know how tough this lockdown can be, so if you’re in need of some more structured mental health support the government is offering 20 subsidised mental health sessions that you can access by chatting with your GP.
Here’s some additional resources that you can access to keep looking after yourself and your mental health throughout this lockdown:
Contact Lifeline for support if you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.
Phone: 131 114
Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
Beyond Blue are providing information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phone: 1800 512 348
Photo: Our SwimFit group at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo (a couple of years ago)