Tip Sheets for Support During Lockdown

The Australian Psychological Society has prepared some “Tip Sheets” for help coping with a wide variety of mental health challenges everyone is facing during Lockdown. Click on the Link to access the Tip Sheet.

Managing lockdown fatigue

The restrictions for those living and working in areas where the number of COVID cases are higher have caused psychological, physical, and emotional effects, including physical and mental exhaustion. This information sheet outlines what lockdown fatigue is, some of its causes, signs and symptoms, ideas to help you to manage it, and where to seek help if needed.

Coping during COVID-19 when not everyone will ‘do the right thing’

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, in addition to hearing updates on the number of people impacted by the virus, the media also focusses on stories about those people who are not following the strategies recommended by our health experts. It is common to react to these stories of people not following the rules with emotions such as frustration, anger, indignation, fear, or sadness. As these can be distressing, this information sheet highlights some suggestions and strategies to help you manage your negative reactions and emotions to these stories.

Coping with change during COVID-19: Coming to terms with the ‘new normal’

The ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, increased depression and concern that this state of constant change has become our new normal. This information sheet highlights some strategies to help you cope with change, deal with uncertainty and boost your resilience as we look to a future beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Frontline workers and COVID-19

This information sheet can help frontline workers, such as police, healthcare and social support workers, to identify the specific challenges and stressors they are experiencing, what impact they may be having, and some useful reminders and strategies to minimise and cope with the distress caused by their role during the pandemic. Being aware of specific stressors and their impact will assist frontline workers to identify what action and coping strategies might be helpful.

Tips for coping with coronavirus (COVID-19) anxiety

Following the declaration of a worldwide pandemic and as the number of coronavirus cases rose across Australia, the level of anxiety within the community increased. For many people, the feeling of anxiety was increased by the restrictions put in place by the government to actively manage the spread of the disease. The APS has prepared this guide for Australians, outlining some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the associated restrictions.

Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

The challenges associated with social distancing and isolation, including separation from loved ones, loss of freedom and reduced income, are leading some people to experience feelings of anxiety, boredom, frustration and fear. This information sheet outlines some useful strategies you can use to maintain good mental health during this unprecedented time of social distancing and isolation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) anxiety and staying mentally healthy: Information for older adults

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, we all worry about how it is going to affect our own and our family’s health, work and finances. The evidence indicates that if older adults contract the virus they are at greater risk of having more severe outcomes from it. However, the large majority of older adults who contract this illness will recover. This information sheet includes some useful tips to help older Australians keep stress and anxiety at bay during this challenging period.

Psychological services via telehealth

Coronavirus has changed the way many psychological services are being delivered. In many cases, eligible Australians can now see their psychologist via telehealth (ie. videoconference or phone). This information sheet provides guidance on how to access your psychologist through telehealth and a range of helpful tips related to using telehealth services.

Use of alcohol and other drugs in the COVID-19 environment.

The use of alcohol and drugs can have a negative impact on mental health, physical health and brain health. This sheet outlines some basic facts and strategies to help you manage your substance use while coping with the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Loneliness and social isolation in the time of COVID-19

Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one in four Australians were lonely. It is not yet known if Australians are lonelier due to social-distancing requirements and selfisolation, but it is important to take note, as lonely Australians have significantly worse physical and mental health than connected Australians. This information sheet outlines some useful strategies you can use to cope with feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety that you may be having at this time.

Maintaining employee engagement during COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in rapid changes to the operation of many workplaces. Understanding, measuring, boosting and maintaining engagement continue to be a primary concern for organisations right now.

Managing hazards to employee mental health during COVID-19

This information sheet will outline five key psychosocial hazards employees may experience when required to work from home, with tips on how your organisation can better manage these risks before they result in harm.

Returning to the workplace in the age of COVID-19

Businesses across Australia are now busy planning a return to ‘business as usual’ and establishing a new normal for work and operations. But how do we prepare employees for this transition? This information sheet outlines some important people considerations to factor in before finalising your plans.

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