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Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not only impacted the physical health of individuals worldwide, but has also impacted our economy, our jobs and our day to day lives.

We understand navigating through these uncertain times can be hard and distressing. We’re here to help.

Below are some useful links to help you with your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times.


Free telephone counselling

PORTS is a free, virtual mental health service for people in WA. PORTS supports GPs and other health professionals to refer their patients to get expert assessment and treatment for symptoms of low mood, depression, stress, anxiety and substance use problems.

PORTS services are available to residents of WA aged 16 years and older, low-income, and have been referred by a GP or another health professional.

To access PORTS, speak to your local GP or mental health provider, who will be able to refer you.

If you are currently worried and anxious and want to talk to a mental health professional about your worries and how we can help, call PORTS on 11800 176 787, Monday- Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm AWST (except Public Holidays)

We also provide effective online psychological assessments and treatments. These services are designed for people who have been troubled by symptoms for several weeks or months, and who are looking for skills that can help.

For other support, you can also contact our friends at:


Maintaining mental wellbeing during the pandemic

General Mental Wellbeing

It’s natural for people to feel a range of emotions in this situation, such as stress, worry, fear, anger, anxiety, guilt, frustration, boredom or low mood.

Check out our 10 top psychological tips for coping with Coronavirus.

You can also follow MindSpot on Facebook or Instagram, for daily tips on staying resilient.


Maintaining mental wellbeing for people working on the front line

The challenges for front line staff working during the COVID-19 pandemic are significant. You are not only serving the community but you also trying to stay healthy, while often worrying about the health of family and friends.

Read our top 11 practical psychological skills to help frontline staff stay mentally resilient during this challenging time.


Health alerts and advice

For the latest medical advice on COVID-19, make sure you seek updates from reputable sources.

Below are some helpful links to government resources to guide you through this pandemic.

General Medical Updates

Local State and Territory Advice

Symptoms

How to get Tested

Advice for People at Risk

  • For people at risk, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, older people and the aged care sector, go to the Department of Health website
  • For information for people travelling overseas, or returning from overseas, visit Smart Traveller

Stop the Spread


Restrictions and safety advice

Refer to the Australian Government website, for border closures, restrictions on public gatherings, and essential services. For state specific guidelines, go to your local state government website


Financial support

Government assistance

National Debt Helpline


Community advice

Working from Home

Transitioning to working from home can be challenging and significant adjustment to the way one works. Visit these resources to help you optimise your environment and establish new routines:

Staying Socially Connected

Practicing social distancing and staying at home, doesn’t mean we have to stop talking to our friends and loved ones. Stay connected digitally, via online video calls and messaging.

Visit Be Connected: Connecting with Others for brief courses about how to use technology to connect with others (eg. Skype, facetime, WhatsApp, video calling).

Helping your Children Through the Pandemic

Spending more time at home and changes to schooling routines can be a hard adjustment for our children. Below are some useful links to help you, help them cope.

  • Headspace have tips, education about common reactions and a list of helpful services for young people
  • Kids Helpline, also provide information, resources, videos, and links to additional services.

Telehealth guide for health professionals

MindSpot is a world leading clinic in digital mental health. Our evidenced based approach is tried, tested and proven to support patients during times of significant emotional distress.

The MindSpot team have prepared this brief guide for health professionals, on how best to transition into and run a telehealth service.