This page provides trusted sources of information to assist you in finding helpful and factual information to support your health and wellbeing.
The below resources may assist you in maintaining your general wellbeing during this time.
- Open your world - Wellbeing SA
- Pandemic kindness movement - created by clinicians across Australia to support all health workers
- Mindfulness course for staff - CALHN Spiritual Care
- Hand hygiene meditation - CALHN Spiritual Care
- Tips for a good night's sleep - Converge International
- Benefits of mindfulness - healthdirect
- The science of wellbeing - SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
- Guided meditation - Body scan - Black Dog Institute
- Planning your pantry during COVID-19 - Dietitians Association of Australia
- Management of fatigue during COVID-19 - Guidance for workers - CALHN
You may find the following resources and initiatives useful to assist in managing stress and anxiety
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program aims to address work related or personal problems that may affect the work performance, health, safety or wellbeing of an employee by offering up to 4 free confidential professional counselling services. During COVID-19 this has been increased to 6 free counselling sessions.
For more information please view the SA Health EAP frequently asked questions intranet page.
CALHN Spiritual Care
The Spiritual Care Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital is located in the main concourse, Level 3, Zone B.
Hospital Chaplains are also available at TQEH between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm, 7 days a week.
For more information the Spiritual Care team can be contacted on 7074 1126.
SA Health COVID-19 mental health support
SA Health offers mental health support by phone and video in relation to COVID-19, for community members who are concerned about COVID-19 infection, with more specific concerns arising for people being tested, in quarantine or who have received a diagnosis.
- SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line – call 1800 632 753
The SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week.
This service can also provide follow-up calls.
For information on coping and mental health support, including other telephone services, see our Mental Health impacts of COVID-19 fact sheet.
For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week.
Department of Health – Head to health COVID-19 support
Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood. Many people feel distressed by the constant news and overwhelming amount of information about the situation. Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone's mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic. This page covers where to get the facts about the COVID-19 outbreak, tips for maintaining good mental health, information on how to access mental health services, information for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected by helping them get established online.
THIS WAY UP
Lead by Professor Gavin Andrews and a team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists at St Vincent's Hospital, THIS WAY UP has free online tools to support your emotional wellbeing and protect your mental health during this time.
There are guided workbooks with practical tips and strategies, an audio guide and self-paced online treatment courses to tackle any specific issues you might be experiencing like insomnia, worry or anxiety. There are also some really helpful responses to some common questions we’re all asking (just scroll to the bottom).
Other helpful mental health resources
- Coronavirus anxiety resources - Black Dog Institute
- COVID-19 information for Australians - Australian Psychological Society
- Beyond Blue
- Converge International
- Work and your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak - Heads Up
- COVID-19 support guide - SuperFriend
- Be Well Plan - SAHMRI
- Mental health awareness during COVID-19: e-learning module
(Note: The module takes approximately 20-minutes and is best accessed through Chrome)
- Essential guide to self-care booklet (PDF 11MB) - The Way Finders
- Psychological tips for frontline staff - MindSpot
- COVID-19 information for Australians - Australian Psychological Society
- Frontline workers and COVID-19 - Australian Psychological Society
Where possible, some staff have been set up to work remotely to ensure physical distancing. To make sure you are set up as best as you can be for working at home, download the Working from home guidelines.
Working from home can be quite an adjustment, and it is important to have some measures in place to ensure a smooth transition and to make for an engaging new way of working:
- How to look after your mental health when working from home - Beyond Blue
- Working from home: A checklist to support your mental health during Coronavirus - Black Dog Institute
- Working from home - how to set up your home office - ABC News
We understand it can be difficult obtaining the most optimal set up at home. Movement will be even more important. Here are some suggested exercises that may help to keep aches/pains at bay with this information from SafeWork SA.
Keep up-to-date and informed via reputable and straightforward news sources, such as the COVID-19 Facebook Group, the SA Health website, the World Health Organisation, and the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Embrace a positive mindset champion
In our teams we have our formal jobs but we also play informal roles to help support our team mates. Someone may be the meeting organiser or the fun events coordinator for example.
At a difficult and stressful time it may be useful to think about someone in your team who could play the role of helping to lift up the team and keep everyone positive - a 'positive mindset champion'. This is not a formal role but there may be someone in your team who is naturally positive, has a sense of fun and is able to help encourage others.
They could think about fun activities, share a laugh in a team meeting, think about simple ways to keep the team positive and motivated through these times when we can feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Give some thought as to who this could be. Is there someone in your team who is naturally good at this? Approach them and ask if they would be interested and share the above as an idea starter and then ask them to come up with their own ideas and plan. You may need to free them up with a little bit of time to make this happen for the team. The benefits will certainly be there though if this is something you can make work.
Leader’s wellbeing guide
The aim of this guide is to help provide tips and ideas on how you can support your staff during COVID-19. Download the guide here.
Temporary Role Transition Guide
The purpose of this guide is to provide a checklist and information for managers and individual employees to support a smooth transitioning to temporary roles. Download the guide here.
Support the frontline workers
The Support the Workers collective is an international group of experts in disaster response, crisis psychology, high pressure decision-making and human performance and health under conditions of extreme stress. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group developed a range of 1-page briefing notes on issues that are specifically relevant for frontline workers. The resources they have shared are evidence-based and cover topics such as moral injury, decision making, PTSD, extreme stressors, anxiety and fear and performance debriefing.
How hospital staff can respond to stress
The COVID-19 Trauma Response Working Group from The King’s Fund have created a guide for planners implementing psychological support for staff on how to respond to stress.
Other helpful leaders resources
- Supporting others in times of uncertainty - Australian Government Comcare
- Responding to stress experienced by hospital staff working with COVID-19 - The Kings Fund UK
- Management of fatigue during COVID-19 - Guidance for managers - CALHN