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Self care strategies

Take time to take good care of yourself and engage in a range of self-care activities to protect your mental wellbeing. Do something you love, find a new hobby or revive an old one. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.

Jane Borda shares her self care strategies during a time of uncertainty. Jane has lived experience of mental health issues, and feels her planning and self-care in times of increased stress may also be able to help others.

Stay connected

Spending time with people who matter to us is the best thing we can do to protect our mental wellbeing.

Keep a routine

Keep to your daily routines as much as you can – exercise, eat nourishing meals, get plenty of sleep.

Engage in art

When we feel distressed, repetitive creative motions like knitting, drawing, or writing contribute to our wellbeing by helping us feel calm and focused – much like mindfulness or meditation. Creating art can help us to manage our emotions and express our experiences that we might find too difficult to put into spoken words.

At mindshare you will find artwork, short stories, poetry, photography, original music recordings, mini documentaries, digital stories and blogs submitted by people with lived experience of a mental health challenge or illness, as well as their carers, sector workers, family and friends.

Finding light amongst the darkness

Amber Jurek shares her ‘five valuable life lessons’ including the importance of reaching out and being surrounded by people you trust when life becomes difficult. In this blog, Amber promotes self-compassion, celebrating little wins along the way and allowing the people around us to be our strength in times of need. 

Grief

Grief is a major issue determining people’s wellbeing and is a major risk factor for both physical and mental illness, and suicide.  The impact of grief is often underestimated so it can be hard to know what is ‘normal’ and what people can do to cope.

GriefLink is a South Australian based website which provides information for people who are dealing with grief and loss, and for those who are supporting them. GriefLink can help people to find information about different experiences of grief, the feelings and reactions people might be experiencing, and things that can help.

How do I support someone in mental distress?

You do not need to be an expert to help someone you care about if they tell you they are struggling or if you notice they are distressed. You can offer support and care by:

  • Letting them know you care – you might like to ask:
    • You don’t seem yourself, what’s going on?
    • I noticed that… (observations of signs, changes, patterns)
  • Listening to them without judgement – minimise distractions and try not to “fix” things for that person.

You’ll be amazed at how often just listening to someone gives them the space to find their own solutions. However, if solutions don’t emerge or you're still concerned, ask if it’s OK to connect the person with other helpful resources, including the contacts listed above.

Seeking urgent assistance

If you feel that the person is experiencing a mental health emergency or there is an imminent risk of suicide, call 000 or Mental Health Triage on 13 14 65.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing

Wellbeing SA has partnered with Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair of UniSA’s Mental Health Nursing Clinical and Health Sciences, to produce a series of videos outlining the impacts of COVID-19 on our mental health and wellbeing.

Communities Through Change podcast

Wellbeing SA has produced a podcast, Communities Through Change, that explores how COVID-19 has impacted the wellbeing of South Australian community members.

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