Mental health and wellbeing is a positive concept related to both the social and emotional experiences of individuals and communities. Good mental health is about more than just the absence of mental illness; it’s a state of overall wellbeing.
Naturally, mental health and wellbeing can suffer for individuals and communities during times of crisis and uncertainty such as the current COVID-19 situation.
Staying mentally healthy and taking care of yourself and your family during COVID - 19 is important and can help you and your family manage emotional distress.
Being mentally healthy includes being able to:
- Enjoy our lives
- Cope with and ‘bounce back’ from stress and sadness (resilience)
- Set and fulfil personal goals
- Build and maintain healthy relationships.
Recognising your range of emotions and being aware of how you feel and how those around you feel is a great first step towards looking after yourself, and those close to you.
The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Flinders University’s Órama Institute for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience have several online resources on offer, aimed at connecting you better with your mental health and wellbeing, and developing some skills to protect it.
- The Be Well Plan is a 5-session tailored program to build mental health and wellbeing. The program is delivered in pre-recorded online sessions. Participants explore their unique wellbeing needs and find evidence-based wellbeing activities. The program comes with an interactive PDF and access to 25+ evidence-based activities.
- The STREAM framework Social Networking, Time Out, Relaxation, Exercise and Entertainment, Alternative Thinking, Mindful of Others promotes wellbeing during COVID-19. The Be Well Plan is one way to use some of the STREAM components. Additional components are being developed to support mental health and wellbeing beyond the current COVID-19 situation.