Changes to Mental Health Services for Australians during the COVID19 Pandemic

There are so many changes that we have experienced during the past weeks in relation to the Coronavirus. Whilst these changes may be different for us all, they are all changes to the way we experience our life.

This week we made the decision to stop offering face-to-face appointments for our clients at Whole Psychology. We are not closing the practice, in fact our decision to stop offering face-to-face appointments is to try and prevent this from happening. It is important to us that we can continue to offer you support during this challenging time. By offering telehealth and phone appointments we are minimising your risk by leaving your house to attend the appointments and sitting in a shared waiting area, and also our risk as we are seeing multiple clients a day from different areas and professions. By doing this we hope you all stay healthy and so do we so that our sessions together can continue over the coming months.

I am sure many of you will have questions about how these changes will work, when they start and what you will need to do. I have updated our website and added a document to help explain the changes here.  I will also be looking to add resources to the website for useful tipsheets and tools that might help in the coming months so keep checking in on the website to access these.

For now stay healthy and stay at home if you can and we will see/ hear you soon via telehealth/phone.


Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

For the last month or so clients have been mentioning coronavirus and their worries about the impact on their own life and life in general. Over the past week I’ve noticed an increase in awareness and worry experienced within the general community and also for my clients. I’d be lying if I said my own worry hadn’t been more at the forefront of my mind also.

A colleague of mine forwarded me some Tip sheets the Australian Psychological Society (APS) had issued for use and when I loaded the link I realised that they have made them available to the public not just members of the APS. I’m putting the link here so you can also view them as there is some good information for you.

I think though regardless of what changes we may experience in the coming days, weeks and months we are not alone. Whilst our experiences may differ, we are all being asked to make changes, sacrifices, choices without knowing all the information or the consequences. If we can support one another with these then we will not be alone and we will get through this.