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Looking After Mental Health During COVID-19

The current impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be leaving people of all ages and abilities feeling a level of anxiety.

Such things as a new outbreak, changes to state health regulations and isolation periods can lend towards individuals feeling stressed or worried.

It is very important to be aware of how you are feeling and having the knowledge and resources in place to best support you, or those around you, regarding mental health and well-being.

Things that you can do to maintain a healthy mind is to look after your physical health – this includes exercising and eating well. Getting a good night’s sleep is also an important part of staying healthy.

Whilst some people are more resilient to changing conditions than others, current conditions may prove to be a little more challenging for people who have an intellectual disability.

Over half a million Australians have intellectual disability, which usually affects coping skills and the ability to choose and do things for ourselves.

The Australian Government is providing 10 additional Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Australians affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

People will have to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a review with their GP to access the additional sessions. This will allow them to continue to receive mental health care from their psychologist, psychiatrist, GP or other eligible allied health worker.

Beyond Blue encourages people who have experienced any previous mental health issues to activate their support network, acknowledge feelings of distress and seek professional support early if you are having any difficulties.

For those already managing a mental health issue, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms.

Head to Health is also committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital resources to help support mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic.

For parents and carers with children, there are also support networks available with some handy tips and advice on how best to talk about the Corona Virus and its current impacts.

Mindspot provides a free online mental health quiz which provides people with confidential information about their symptoms of anxiety and depression, and recommendations about things that can help.

For Participants who are supported by the NDIS, there is a range of information relating to health and safety in addition to support and current updates.

There is also a Disability Information Helpline available for all kinds of coronavirus-related help and information. Just call 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday (8am to 8pm AEST) or Saturday / Sunday (9am to 7pm AEST).

Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) is a registered NDIS provider and specialises in helping people who have an intellectual disability with their mental health requirements.

For more information contact NADO today or call 1300 738 229.