Supporting someone else through Covid-19
Watching someone you love and care about struggle with their mental health or daily life can be hard, especially in these uncertain times. Being there for them can make all the difference and is easier now that some social distancing restrictions have been eased. Having someone to talk and listen to can help a person cope with their life.
Mental health conditions can be complex as there are many different symptoms and treatments. However, like physical illnesses, the right treatment or support can help with mental illness . Working though someone's difficult experiences can help reduce their stress and aid their road to recovery.
If the person you are trying to support is not comfortable talking to you or anyone else, online mental health resources might be useful. These can be just as good as talking with someone. There is lots of information available below about supporting someone through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take care of yourself
Your wellbeing is often neglected when caring for someone else. Eat, exercise and sleep regularly. Spending time with your friends or doing fun activities is important for wellness and self-care.
Mental illness is common
and help is available
Mental illness affects about 20% of Australians every year. It can affect anyone at any time, but people who look for treatment often recover faster than those who don’t. Don't be afraid to get professional help for the person you are supporting
Friendship is support
Friends might be the first people that someone opens up to about struggling with their mental health. Positive support from friends is important and might encourage them to make more progress on their recovery journey.
The most helpful support for someone experiencing mental illness is being available. Give your attention, care, and time, listen openly without judgement and avoid giving unnecessary advice or opinions. Offering to exercise or do a fun activity with someone or going to medical appointments are also simple gestures that can support someone.
Seeing problems with someone you know
If you are a carer, friend or family member, you’ll likely pick up changes in the person’s behaviour and identify warning signs that they are unwell. Having a casual chat with the person may be a helpful way to check in and find out what is going on.