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Mental Health a priority as we STAY at HOME

Minister for Mental Health & Wellbeing, Jeremy Rockliff used this morning’s address to encourage Tasmanian’s to stay connected as we continue to socially distance.

“it is completely normal to feel anxious” he said, before going on to say that “COVID-19 is presenting challenges we’ve never had to deal with before.”

This comes as six more cases were confirmed overnight, two of which were health care workers from the North West.

There are a number of ways to support your mental health while following the government directive to STAY HOME & SAVE LIVES :

  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
  • Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
  • Try to maintain physical activity.
  • Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
  • For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated work space.
  • Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing.

There are also a number of support services, both locally and further afield that can help support you:

King Island Mental Health Services

Other Mental Health Resources