Resources to Support Mental Health Workers during COVID-19

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There has been the development of a lot of resources for people navigating COVID-19. Here at the MHCSA we have compiled a series of them which is just for Mental Health Workers who are facing a range of challenges for the first time.

First, we would like to start by pointing you in the direction of some tips around self care. Lived Experience Australia has developed Looking After Yourself – Lived Experience for Peer Workers with helpful tips for you in managing your work and looking after yourself during COVID-19.

Professor Nicholas Procter who is Chair of Mental Health Nursing, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences has compiled Mental Health and Relational Safety COVID19. This is a resource on mental health and relational safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It includes information on:

  • How strategies necessary for mitigation and elimination of COVID-19 can have mental health impacts.
  • Why taking a trauma informed approach can be helpful.
  • Working in sync: getting the balance right with our emotional brain and our thinking brain for optimal mental health and wellbeing, and relational safety during COVID-19.
  • Some tips for having a sense of normality when working from home.

LELAN have survey its stakeholders and here are their findings around individuals needs and community response to COVID-19.

R U OK? has the Disaster Emergency Mateship Manual which is a handy resource to share with people who are wanting to help those in the community they are concerned about. It is also a good guide for us all to use to check in with each other.

This Way Up is a free resource with short courses and modules which has some specific resources for COVID19.

Finally the team at LETSS has produced the A Peer Workers Guide To Staying Well to help us all Stay Well.

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