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LISTEN: Building Resilience in Times of Crisis

Welcome to our audio series on building resilience in times of crisis! This episode is the first in a series of wellbeing and mental health discussions, with a focus on staying connected and healthy during COVID-19.

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Part One: Mental Health, Anxiety and Depression

For our first episode, GOTAFE staff member Ash has a chat with Psychologist Peter Charleston, introducing us to the concept of mental health and providing tips on how to manage anxiety and depression.

If you don’t have time to listen to the full episode, check out some tips below.

"You’re allowed to not cope sometimes. Admit you’re having a ‘not coping’ moment to those around you. Warn them to not ask too much of you today if you feel low. If this persists for more than a few days then consider seeing a professional."

Pyschologist Peter Charleston

Tips to manage anxiety

  • Notice the anxiety - don’t try to fight it or avoid it
  • Remind yourself that anxious thoughts are not reality
  • Time a time-out - practice yoga, listen to music or meditate
  • Eat well balanced meals
  • Get enough sleep and exercise
  • Talk to someone – refer to the list of online resources below or get in touch with our support staff
Breathe Building Resilience Wellbeing

Tips to manage depression

  • Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for
  • Support your health with good sleep and good food
  • Challenge negative thinking
  • Create a wellness toolbox – add some things you like to do when you’re happy, it might be cuddling a pet or reading a good book. Try them when you’re feeling down
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out for help - refer to the list of online resources below or get in touch with our support staff
Self care Building Resilience Wellbeing

Online resources

There are a number of online resources that you can turn to for support. Many have a forum where you can connect with others who are going through similar experiences.

Beyond Blue


Mind Australia

Sane Australia

ReachOut Australia

Phone a friend Building Resilience Wellbeing

Our counselling staff can help

Counselling at GOTAFE is free, and you can speak to a counsellor face-to-face on campus, or set up a phone appointment. If our Counsellors can't help you, they'll refer you to another service that can help.

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