Pandemics don’t just pose a risk to physical health. They also take a toll on mental health, with an increasing number of people feeling isolated and scared.
Remember, if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it’s important to get help. Allied health professionals (counsellors, youth workers, mental health services) are specially trained to help you manage difficult times like this.
Why Health and Community Services are key during Coronavirus
You might be surprised to learn 18 to 24-year-olds are the ‘new face’ of social isolation. Mental health professionals in the Health and Community Services sector are seeing up to 200% more young people accessing services.
There’s a lot of scary info out there about the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also the first time our generation has faced a threat like this – and it’s natural to be worried when we don’t have all the answers.
So how are we going to make sure everyone gets the help they need?
Why Australia needs more counsellors
During a pandemic or natural disaster, our Health and Community Services sector is required to step up in areas like:
Support groups, programs and activities designed to improve mental health for communities struggling with the effects of Coronavirus.
With all this uncertainty and fear (not to mention misinformation on social media) youth mental health is going to become a national issue.
One-on-one counselling services, either in person, or over the phone or internet (called telehealth).
People aged 70+ need high quality care, including mental health support to deal with social isolation.
Some people rely on booze and drugs to get them through a crisis, which compounds the problem and increases their mental health risks.
What this means for future counsellors
That will mean:
- Lifeline will need trained telehealth counsellors
- BeyondBlue will establish a 24×7 phone counselling service
- Kids Helpline will increase online and phone support services
- Frontline workers will have access to a dedicated mental health program
- Community Visitors Scheme will expand to provide more aged care staff
- Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) will create mental health resources for First Nations people
- PANDA will receive funding to bolster its free perinatal anxiety and depression helpline
And you can help. Become an allied health professional by completing a Health and Community Services course (online of course) run by TrainSmart Australia.
In just 12 months, when the mental health crisis is still ongoing, you’ll be ready to provide the support Australian communities will need to stay strong and rebuild their lives.