We’re in a strange time at the moment. With a global pandemic and certain restrictions and even lockdowns at times, all meant to keep us safe, it can feel really hard to stay and feel connected.
We know the importance of staying connected because research shows that humans are wired to be social and we need connection to thrive. Being isolated may negatively impact our physical, emotional and mental health. So, although we may at times need to be mindful how we physically interact with each other to keep safe, it is also important that we stay connected. Thankfully there are many ways we can do this.
- Technology is a big plus that means we are able to call, text, video chat and get in touch with our loved ones. Scheduling regular connections with these people that have a positive effect on us is important in high stress times.
- Connecting and checking in with people who may be experiencing life in similar ways to ourselves can be really helpful, especially if we are experiencing physical or mental health challenges. This might look like engaging in regulated forums and social media groups that can act as an extra support and encourage you right where you are at with your mental health. Some examples may be The Mighty online community and the Kids Helpline website that have chat options for those struggling. Resource pages such as Beyond Blue and Headspace can also help provide information and further tips that are specific to your experience.
Support networks and helpful links
Now that we have a few ways up our sleeve to connect, we also want to give some information that shows some places you can go to for support. We recognise that in life there will likely be moments that are harder than others, and that especially right now life is a bit abnormal and can be really difficult to cope with, one of the best things we can do is find ongoing support for ourselves.
Our mental health can be hard and almost impossible when we try to manage it on our own. Thankfully, there are lots of great support people and networks out there that can help remind us that we are not alone and that there is hope available for all of us. So we’ve listed some amazing supports that can meet you where you are at.
Urgent Counselling Support
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au
YFC Care Counselling (NSW) – Contact us
Kids Helpline – Call 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelpline.com.au for online counselling support
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636
Mental Health Information
Kids Helpline – kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue – beyondblue.org.au
Reach Out – au.reachout.com
Headspace – headspace.org.au
Mental Health on Social Media
App – Smiling mind (mindfulness meditations)