Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is important at all times, and it’s especially the case when we’re dealing with the ongoing disruptions and anxieties resulting from Coronavirus.
On this page we have pulled together some online resources to provide some support and help you to develop coping strategies.
Here are two excellent sets of resources developed specifically to provide support during the Coronavirus pandemic, though both also contain great tools and tips for life more generally:
There’s a great set of apps at this link, under the headings of Mental Health, Physical Health, Journaling, Mindfulness, Productivity, and Social.
In our experience, some particularly useful apps are:
- Insight Timer: includes a free library of 30,000+ guided meditations
- Smiling Mind: provides structured mindfulness and meditation sessions
- My Compass: enables you to chart your mood, and develop strategies to manage anxiety and stress levels
- Happify: science-based activities and games to help you take control of your thoughts and feelings
- CARROT Fit: snarky 7-minute workouts
- Dark Noise: ambient noise to help you sleep, focus, or relax
And here’s a fantastic podcast definitely worth 45 minutes of your time - listen via Spotify or your Apple Podcast app:
- In Isolation: The Resilience Project’s Hugh van Cuylenburg (NB it covers issues around disordered eating and might be triggering for some listeners)
Don’t forget that there are plenty of people in College you can talk to if you’d find it useful, such as your Residential Advisor, the Assistant Deans, and other members of the Student Leadership Team.
Please don’t hesitate to contact any staff members as well, such as Stuart, Rachel, Kathy, Grant, or Don - we’re always happy to have a chat, and can help hook you in with any external support that might be beneficial.
If you’d like a chat with someone outside College, good options include eheadspace which provides free online support and counselling to young people up to the age of 25, and BeyondBlue which provides free and immediate 24/7 support.
You can access the Support Services at your University as well - see links as follows:
- University of Adelaide Wellbeing Hub and Counselling Support
- UniSA Wellbeing Support and Counselling Service, or call 1300 301 703
- Flinders University Health, Counselling, and Disability Services
- Endeavour College Student Assistance Program
- University of Adelaide COVID-19 information page and Student Support Package (COVID-19)
- UniSA COVID-19 information page and Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)
- Flinders University COVID-19 information page and Student Support Fund (COVID-19)
- Endeavour College COVID-19 Resources
Here are links to PDFs of some of our recent Facebook posts and emails, which include tips and strategies for managing work and wellbeing:
- Start Making Good Habits Today
- Weird times (18 March 2020) - staying in control when things feel out of control
- Back on track (31 March 2020) - getting back on top of your study after disruption
- Mid-semester break (16 April 2020) - the importance of having time off to recharge
- Another term (27 April 2020) - ensuring you have both structure and variety in your day