Depression and anxiety are never something to be embarrassed about. According to Beyond Blue, over 1 million Australian adults have depression and 2 million have anxiety each year.2
The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus service has a webpage that describes the symptoms of depression and anxiety during job loss and unemployment.3 For depression these include:
- reduced self-esteem
- lack of motivation
- lack of pleasure in things you would normally enjoy
- trouble concentrating or sleeping
Symptoms of anxiety can include avoiding people or situations that make you worried, and periods of intense panic.
If you think you may be depressed or anxious, consider talking to your doctor. He or she may be able to refer you to a psychologist who can explain why you are having these symptoms and give you practical advice. The Australian Psychological Society has useful information about Medicare-funded psychological services.4
If you need immediate help, contact:
Lifeline can support you during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency
Job loss can cause psychological stress. Psychological stress is not a mental illness but a normal response to something that is frightening, confusing or upsetting.
Lifeline has set up an additional support line specifically for Tasmanians experiencing psychological stress as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
The additional phone number is 1800 98 44 34 – A Tasmanian Lifeline.
Lifeline’s usual number continues to offer support for people with ongoing mental health issues, including people having suicidal thoughts. However, if you are experiencing psychological stress, people who answer your call at 1800 98 44 34 can offer you specialised support.
Education can be a form of self-help
As part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the University of Tasmania is offering a Wellbeing Toolkit, which includes short courses in mental health and resilience. The courses are free to Tasmanian students and are delivered entirely online. You can find out more here.