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20 March 2020

Looking after your mental health during the COVID‑19 situation

*This information is relevant to Trimester 1/Semester 1, 2020*

With increasing numbers of novel COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases being detected in Australia, many people are understandably experiencing feelings of anxiety and worry.

While feeling concerned about your health and the wellbeing of your loved ones is a very normal reaction to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 situation, it is particularly important at this time for you to engage in strategies that will assist you with looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

What are signs of stress and anxiety?

Common feelings you or those around you may be experiencing: 

Managing feelings of stress

During this time, it is crucial you take steps to maintain your health and wellbeing:

This Australian Psychological Society (APS) resource has more information about coping with coronavirus anxiety.

We’re here if you need help

Do you need support?

Most of our health and wellbeing services are available online, so you can still access support when you need it. You can: 

Our  eWellbeing Hub has a range of digital resources to keep you happy, safe, motivated and healthy.  

What should I do if I feel unwell?

If you start to feel unwell and suspect you have COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, call ahead to book an appointment with your doctor, general practitioner or emergency centre, and advise them of your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus. To locate your nearest service, visit the National Health Service Directory.

The Deakin Medical Centre has limited appointments available to see students or staff. Please ensure you have booked an appointment online prior to arriving in person. At this stage, there is only the capacity to see pre-booked appointments. If you feel unwell with flu-like symptoms, please call ahead of your appointment and a practice nurse will assist you in the first instance. This is to assist the health and wellbeing of the entire Deakin community.

General support

If you’re still not sure where to go, just contact Student Central, who can direct you to services right across the University.  

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. Our FAQs provide the most current information and are updated regularly. If you are a current or future international student, please visit  Deakin’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs – international students  to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options.   

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