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Responding to mental distress

It's important to take care of your own wellbeing and to take the time to notice what's going on for you, and for others around you. When you can take care of your own wellbeing, it's much easier to be there for your loved ones and support their wellbeing too.

Take steps to look after yourself

It’s normal to feel uncertain, anxious or overwhelmed sometimes. You might feel lonely, disconnected, or uncertain about your future, feel agitated or short-tempered and less patient, kind and understanding of others. These feelings are understandable and taking steps to look after yourself and the people you care about will help you manage distress.

On this page you will find tips and resources for taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Please reach out for help if you need extra support. Services are available to help with money problems, drug or alcohol issues, and domestic/family violence.

Feeling distressed?

Feeling a sense of distress is a normal human response especially in uncertain times, but it’s important to recognise if it’s starting to impact on your relationships, your work, or how you take care of yourself.

When you are experiencing emotional overload or distress you can take care of yourself by:

  • Stopping what you are doing and taking three deep breaths
  • Taking time to notice what you might be experiencing, keeping in mind that being anxious, confused or overwhelmed is understandable
  • Being mindful helps you to know how you are feeling and respond effectively.
  • Taking action – call a friend for a chat, take a break, or ask for help from someone you trust.

If you notice you are really struggling you can contact any of these organisations:

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