Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing support
As the world responds to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that students in our community may be experiencing feelings of increased anxiety and distress.
While it’s normal to be concerned, there are simple and effective steps you can take to look after yourself, and the people around you.
Look after your health
Look after your wellbeing
Watching news unfold about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can sometimes appear frightening. It's normal to feel worried or anxious during times of uncertainty and there are ways to maintain perspective.
The five ways to wellbeing will assist you in taking better care of yourself and finding a balance in your life.
1. Take notice
Notice how you feel right now and try naming the feelings. It’s okay not to be okay. This challenge brings many feelings like: uncertainty, health concerns, or feeling isolated. These are normal responses that many others feel too.
We all need each other's support to grow and flourish, and though we might not be able see each other face to face, we can still spend time with our family, friends, clubs and societies online.
You have skills and you have resilience. Have confidence that things will improve and that you are learning new skills that will help you in your life and work.
4. Be Active
Now is the time to weave self-care into your daily life as you adjust to this new way of studying and living. Develop a routine that supports your mind and body, with time for regular breaks. Be realistic about what you can do each day.
There are others like you who might be waiting for someone to reach out. When you care for others and exercise compassion, it's good for your own wellbeing.
Care for your mental health
Australia's leading mental health organisations have advice and support.
At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family or contact a helpline for emotional support.
Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to focus on topics that make you feel worried. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too.
Reach out for support
There are plenty of options available, including:
Referral and advice
Call RMIT Connect +61 3 9925 5000
Urgent counselling support
If you need to talk to someone right away about your worries or concerns, call RMIT’s crisis support line on 1300 305 737 (after hours)
Report unwanted or threatening behaviour
It doesn't matter where or when it happened, Safer Community at RMIT can support you. Call +61 9925 2396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your local GP
Book a long appointment with your local GP to discuss your mental health and wellbeing