Managing worry

COVID-19 has changed the way we we live and we will be living with its impact for the foreseeable future, at least until a vaccine is available.

For many people, things might be a little uncertain at the moment.

Your experience of living with diabetes, and the stresses and uncertainties it brings, means you might be better prepared to cope with this situation than most.

But if you do find yourself worrying, it might help to focus on the things that you can control in your life.

That’s why we’ve developed this helpful NDSS factsheet to help you stay on top of your mental and emotional health.

Remember, we are all in this together and will get through this as a community.

Psychologist Dr Adriana Ventura specialises in supporting people with diabetes and understands the problems and worries many of us may face.

Watch the video below to see how to look after your mental health during COVID-19.

Mental health support

Living with diabetes is about more than just managing the physical aspects of the condition. A counsellor, psychologist or a social worker can help you with the psychological side of managing diabetes.

These are particularly difficult times and, as well as any diabetes-related stress or challenges, you might be feeling anxious, depressed or stressed about other issues. Whether it is diabetes or something else, if you are experiencing these feelings it is important you talk to a professional and get the support you need.

You can contact counsellors, social workers (social workers generally work for community services, such as local councils, health centres and hospitals) and psychologists directly, OR talk to your doctor, community or youth health centre about a referral.

Mental health care plan

If you experience anxiety, depression, stress or other mental health challenges you can access a Mental Health Care Plan. This gives you subsidised access to up to 10 individual and 10 group appointments with eligible health services per year. This includes visits to a psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker.

If you think you would benefit from a Mental Health Care Plan, call your GP who will be able to assess you and provide a referral.

Watch the video below to find out what a mental health care plan is and how to access it.

Need more help?

The following organisations may also be able to assist you if you wish to speak to someone:

https://www.sane.org/ https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ https://headspace.org.au/ https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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