Support Services during COVID-19

Help and Support During the COVID-19 Emergency

Posted 1st April 2020

The doors of our church and office may be closed but our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our parishioners remains constant. As we all try and adjust to the changes in our lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our thoughts turn to the most vulnerable in our communities and the growing demand for services to help people through these challenging times. 

In mental health the following services are available:

Australian Government Head to Health: click here for Head to Health 

Lifeline: click here for Lifeline’s COVID-19 Support or phone 1300 651 251

Beyond Blue: click here for Beyond Blue or phone 1300 22 4636

Kids Helpline: click here for Kids Helpline’s COVID-19 support page or phone Tel: 1800 551 800

Strategies (from Lifeline) to cope with social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine

Actively manage your wellbeing by maintaining routines where possible, connect with family and friends (even if not in person), staying physically active, eating nutritious foods and seeking additional support by seeking professional support as required.  

Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. In addition to the above, we encourage the following;

  • Perspective – try to see this time as unique and different, not necessarily bad, even if it something you didn’t necessarily choose
  • Connection – think of creative ways to stay connected with others, including social media, email and phone
  • Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, it enhances your wellbeing too. Is there a way to help others around you?
  • Stay connected with your values. Don’t let fear or anxiety drive your interactions with others. We are all in this together!
  • Daily routine – create a routine that prioritises things you enjoy and even things you have been meaning to do but haven’t had enough time. Read that book, watch that show, take up that new hobby.
  • Try to see this as a new and unusual period that might even have some benefits.
  • Limit your exposure to news and media. Perhaps choose specific times of day when you will get updates, and ensure they are from reputable and reliable sources.

We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and take care.

Online Articles from Melbourne Catholic:

1000 Ways to Love Your Neighbour During Coronavirus

Ten Books to Read While Socially Distancing

Coronavirus: Kindness vs Fear