Caring for your mental health can be challenging. With the increased isolation experienced during COVID-19, the importance of seeking support and looking out for those around you is more crucial than ever.
October 1st – 31st is National Mental Health Month, an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. The 2021 Awareness Campaign theme is ‘Mental Health: Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges and Resilience.’
Home Nursing Group recognises that social connections and practical support are always essential factors in the health and wellbeing of older people and those in care. The isolation created by the pandemic has only exacerbated this need. The increased risk of serious illness from contracting COVID-19 in the older population has directly contributed to increased isolation and vulnerability. Being able to rely on regular and dependable support for practical help, mental health assistance, and social interaction is vital, especially for those that live alone.
Staying connected to loved ones, either by phone, text, email, or socially distanced face-to-face chat regularly can make a huge difference in mental wellbeing. Knowing they are in your thoughts and you are there for them can make a world of difference.
Other ways you or your loved one can care for your mental health include:
• Eating well
• Getting enough sleep
• Exercising regularly
• Staying in contact with friends and family
• Sharing your feelings with others
• Doing relaxing or enjoyable activities
• Volunteering to help others
In many cases, people who might have managed to care for themselves before the pandemic may be finding the new risks and increased isolation hard to contend with. If you or someone you know needs support, reach out to our friendly team to discuss your options. We are based in Armidale, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, and Taree.
For more information or mental health support, contact:
• Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348
• Lifeline – 131 114
• Black Dog Institute
• SANE Australia – 1800 187 263
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