In this unprecedented time, with information at our fingertips by various means, you would be forgiven for finding yourself down a rabbit hole of news and stories that might lead to stress, anxiety and confusion.
Of course it is important to stay up to date with the information you need to stay safe and well during this pandemic. But it’s also important to find a healthy balance between seeking information and over-consumption. And, very importantly, sticking to the facts from credible sources.
Information from credible sources
You can find the latest updates and information about curbing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) from Federal and State Government Departments of Health on their websites. For the latest health information and updates on coronavirus you can:
- Visit health.gov.au (Federal Department of Health)
- Phone the National Coronavirus Health Information Line (1800 020 080). The information line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
- Phone your state or territory public health agency. Contact details are available at health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts
These Departments also have social media channels delivering updates, but be wary of spending too much time on social media if you think you might get caught up in conversations that will heighten any stress, anxiety or confusion.
You can also:
- Find updates from the Australian National Cabinet at australia.gov.au. This site is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia
- Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android
- Watch the Prime Minister and Premiers’ Updates on the news or stream via social media (ABC News is a good one).
But once again, be wary you don’t over consume. Once you’ve watched or listened to the latest update, put on a movie or music you enjoy or take a few minutes in your backyard to help you ‘disconnect’.
If you need information about financial support due to changes in your circumstances as a result of coronavirus, visit servicesaustralia.gov.au.
We’re all in this together, but everyone must do their bit. It’s important for us to follow directives of our Governments to help manage the spread of COVID-19.
Staying well – body & mind
If you’re not feeling well, don’t take your health into your own hands. Talk to your GP if you have any concerns about your personal health circumstances. Many GPs are providing telephone and web check-ups to help you stay at home.
If you’re struggling to cope, contact Lifeline day or night on 13 11 14. Lifeline Text is also available 6pm – midnight (AEDT) on 0477 13 11 14.
You can also contact MensLine on 1300 78 99 78.