If you feel depressed, these are some entities where you can receive support.
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We understand that the situation we are currently experiencing can be difficult for many people, so if you feel depressed and are experiencing feelings of anxiety, anguish and worry, it is important that you talk to someone and of course, ask for help.
It is essential that during this time, you stay in touch with your family and friends. You should also seek help from your educational institution or from a student health care provider abroad.
By having your student visa, you will be able to contact your student health insurance provider abroad (OSHC). There they will offer you advice on all the services available. Any of these providers may be yours:
Allianz Care Australia:
13 67 42
1300 884 235
CBHS International Health:
1300 174 538
1300 561 012
1800 775 204
If you feel depressed and want to talk to someone about your situation, you can also seek help in these places:
These services are free:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Youth Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Mensline: 1300 789 978
You can access some free online resources, which will help you take care of your mental well-being:
- Headspace: Offers free online advice and assistance for youth ages 12-25. In addition, they have group chats, led by professionals. They cover a wide variety of topics that can be useful.
- Reachout: You will find different themes in which you can participate.
- Headtohealth: Provides links to online treatment options and resources.
- Orygen: It is a help space for young people and families, who may be going through a bad time due to the coronavirus.
How to cope with isolation and loneliness?
There are many things you can do to make your time valuable:
- You can talk to your friends and family by phone or social media. This is a great way to keep in touch with the people you love the most.
- Take an online course.
- Exercise and connect with yourself through breathing exercises.
- Contact support services and find communities where you can have a conversation. Form a support network.
- Organize virtual appointments with your classmates to practice your English.
- Join the #InThisTogether campaign to support other international student communities that have been affected by COVID-19.
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