30 March 2020
Where can you go for support?
In times of crisis, it’s important to reach out if you are feeling you need a hand. This can be difficult while practising social distancing. We can no longer physically lean on friends or family who don’t live with us – receive a hug or shoulder to cry on. But there is still help available, albeit at a safe distance.
During the pandemic, it’s natural to feel a range of emotions – from anxiety and fear about the virus to worry about family, work or finances. The pandemic affects us all in so many ways. But despite social distancing, we mustn’t think we need to battle alone. It’s important to seek support.
As an ADAVB member, you can receive free access to phone counselling with our member assistance program provided by LifeWorks. The service is available 24/7 on 1300 361 008.
LifeWorks counsellors are highly professional qualified psychologists and social workers, with peak industry body accreditation and experience. Whether you are anxious, depressed or frightened, LifeWorks counsellors can support you.
Other support available includes:
- ADAVB’s COVID-19 web page for regular updates, advice and resources
- The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 web page for updates about the pandemic
- Beyond Blue’s helpful tips on how to look after your mental health during the pandemic. Beyond Blue is also developing a COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service, which will be available soon.