Let’s not beat around the bush. This whole COVID-19 isolation thing sucks. In a matter of weeks, our entire world has been thrown upside down. However, there are very important reasons for us to make these moves into self-isolation for the health of ourselves and others in the community.
It is important you stay home as much as possible to avoid either catching or spreading this virus. Being isolated at home isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, so it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing.
The government recently announced $1.1 Billion to support mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services. This includes funding to the governments’ Head to Health initiative to provide you with a range of digital resources to assist you during isolation. Head to Health is here to help you find your way to the right support for you and your needs.
In addition to the increase in services provided by the government, Charles Sturt has collated a range of mental health resources. Including websites, apps, services, podcasts and documents to assist you to improve your mental health.
Charles Sturt has a range of MP3 files on stress and mindfulness that are tailored specifically for students:
- Introduction to stress management
- Symptoms of distress
- Sources of stress
- Managing stress
- Introduction to mindfulness
- Mindfulness of breath and body
- Four-minute mindfulness
- Mindfulness exercise: Following the breath
Take some time out, put your headphones on and take a listen.
Remember it is ok to not be ok. As isolating as isolation is, remember you are not alone in this, many others are out there going through the same thing. Find your online tribe to help you get through.
If you find yourself struggling, please pick up the phone. There is a range of services available to you. You can book a skype or phone appointment to CSU counsellors during this period.
If you need to look at reducing your study load during this time, Charles Sturt University has altered the Approved Withdrawal conditions for session 1 2020, which will allow you to leave a subject without any academic penalty if you’re impacted by COVID-19. You can find more information and updates on the University’s COVID-19 Support Page.
If you or a friend need urgent support, day or night, there is crisis counselling available 24/7.
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