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Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak


We recognise that many of us here in the community are feeling scared, worried and overwhelmed about the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.

Just as we have come together here during other difficult times, we encourage those wanting to share or seek helpful support to do so here in this space.

What are you doing to look after your wellbeing during this time? Sharing is one of the most helpful ways we can support one other – our community is also here to support you if you’d simply like to share how you’re feeling.

It is important we maintain perspective and support each other as best as we can, everyone here at Beyond Blue would like to remind our community that medical, scientific and public health experts around the world are working hard to contain the virus, treat those affected and develop a vaccine as quickly as possible.

The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service is available 24/7 at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au. There is a dedicated phone line, staffed by mental health professionals briefed on the pandemic response, that is also is now open on 1800 512 348.

Beyond Blue’s existing support service will continue to operate alongside the new service. The Beyond Blue Support Service is available via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3PM – 12AM AEST or email responses within 24 hours).

There are some other helpful discussions taking place here within our forum community that you may find helpful to read or participate in: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/hi-there-i-only-just-joined-and...

As a community, let’s help one another through sharing and connecting and showing our support.

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Hi mmMkitty, Thank you - I see what you mean and it does make sense. You didn't mess up at all and there is no need to apologise. I appreciate all the trouble you have gone to to help me to understand. What you say makes sense... but somehow my fear keeps telling me that I am in danger... I try to do the suggested things of mask wearing (even outside) social distancing and I am vaccinated. Sometimes all I hear are the negative things for eg how people who are vaccinated get covid and are really sick, how Europe cases are skyrocketing even with their vaccinations ... so I fear that this will happen to me too. Tomorrow I have an in person Drs appointment and I am not feeling good when I think of it. But I will go and hope that I don't feel anxious all day. Thank you again for your explanation. I will try to think of this when I become afraid of being anywhere near people. I hope that things are going ok with you :)))))

Hi Kitty and all

COVID has certainly shaken up our friendships i.e. feelings around doing the lions share of the work, feeling reaching out and being supportive of others but this not being reciprocated, feeling can't express how really feel and ask for support as "everyone is going through a hard time" etc.

You make good points regarding getting people to meet up virtually. Despite all the wonderful resources provided by Zoom and other common video conferencing platforms (videos, screen shots, instructions) some weren't willing to click on that link and give it a go. Or the "I'm all Zoomed out" excuse.

As you say hopefully now that things are opening up more online activities and group will start doing face to face activities again.

I tend to target local activities to make it easy to catch up i.e. a 10 mins trip up the street for the 30 minute coffee rather than a 90 mins journey either way for which has to end up being a longer visit to make the travel time worthwhile and thus the catchup doesn't happen.

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I see some talk around the vaccinated and those who are deciding not to be vaccinated. It has become such a divisive issue. Also varying preferences around activities people feel safe or unsafe doing.

I'm happy to see unvaccinated people, and with their LGA/5kms zone need to travel to their LGA, but they have to also respect my needing to keep within current health guidelines. Current health orders in NSW state only vaccinated people have the new freedoms and unvaccinated need to remain under lockdown conditions meaning no visitors to the home, restricted to 5 kms from home or within local LGA, only allowed to go into essential services and only allowed to undertake exercise or recreation with one other person. The vaccinated are also bound to not visit/have visit unvaccinated people and only gather in groups of 2 outdoors. For example I'd be happy to suggest to an unvaccinated friend I come up and see them at an outdoors picnic place/beach close to a takeaway Cafe (being considered an essential service to purchase a meal and coffee) as that's within the health orders. However I need to feel confident that the confines of my situation is respected i.e. no pressure to just meet at their place, pop back to their place etc.

For those who are happy to come in contact with unvaccinated people legally how are you finding navigating the situation.

I am really struggling with the recent events/protests in Melbourne. It feels very unsafe because these people are encouraging people to break the rules and go out even if infected putting all of us at risk. I feel as if I can no longer go anywhere without putting myself or my hsb at risk. I can't get the medical treatment I need nor can my Hsb since the hospitals need to be so careful of covid. On Tuesday I had a specialist appointment by phone. it had been put off several times since Sep but the doctor said there was no point even talking to me as he could do nothing over the phone so we need to wait until he's allowed to see me in person. This problem should have been fixed 6 mths ago but ongoing outbreaks and restrictions ave stopped proper treatment. I no longer want to be here. Ther is no hope for me or my family. I am constantly on edge trying to manage my own pain and my hsbs serious health issues. Nothing will ever get better with people continuing toput everyone at risk.

Hi Elizabeth CP,  That sounds really difficult for you and your family. It is a really challenging time with the community opening up and uncertainty with what all that is happening. Please know that you can reach out to our Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service to talk about this on 1800 512 348, or via webchat here: coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au  We're here for anyone who needs some support with their mental health and wellbeing during this time, and our counsellors would be happy to hear from you and talk it through.   

Kind regards,
Sophie M

HI Elizabeth,

I'm so sorry to read you and your husband are having your health impacted by Corona Virus issues. It is such a huge situation to try to understand all around the world, the impact on our health can be detrimental to wellness.

I hope you are able to find answers, help, care and the attention you both need at this time.

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Saw a news clip today and apparently a lot European are heading back into lock downs and may well be right through Christmas. Also the UK , still getting 40k cases a day , the equivalent to us getting 10k a day.

God l thought it was all over os , apart from the UK.


Thanks Dools & Sophie, I appreciated your thoughtful posts. I'm still feeling really down and unsure how to change. The ongoing stress from covid lockdowns and the ongoing divisive situation has left me too depleted to even try to help myself. I can't express how bad I feel there is no escape

Hi Elizabeth CP,

The knock-on impacts upon people's lives have been so awful, but I do get really angry when I know some people would have other people, ('cause they don't think anything will happen to themselves) suffering as a result of reckless behaviour & careless attitudes. I'm sort of stunned, really, how much some people will suffer because the hospital system is so under stress, & people can't get treatment they've already waited months or even years for, only to wait longer ...One of my own neighbours has had his scheduled treatments cancelled three times. & he's not a well man at all.

I don't know what we are supposed to do while people are out there protesting their rights over the rights others have to be able to live & move in society & to get health care, without feeling they & their familwill be at greater risk, ..so, I'm rambling a bit, I'm cranky about it, I would like to ask them, what about your rights & the rights of your hubby, when do your needs matter enough for some people to get the vaccines, (provided they can(, & not be adding to the already overburdened social systems, which, remember, support them too?!

I am just so sorry, Elizabeth & hubby. I can only hope my virtual hugs mean something. Not enough, I know.


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Hi mmMekitty,

Yes some people forget about the social contract. It's not just about them but about not harming other people.

Getting vaccinated helps protect others and our health care system.

I wish this was being talked about more on the media, that it's not just about protecting yourself.

I'm sorry for people having their surgery postponed.

I hope you are keeping OK there. 🙂