Supporting you during COVID-19
We are closely monitoring and responding to the latest expert advice from government and health authorities.
Practical ways to take care
During this time, it is important that you take steps to maintain your health and wellbeing:
Looking after ourselves is an important part of daily life, but during times of uncertainty, self-care is more important than ever. A self-care plan helps you focus, stay healthy and make decisions. It includes eating well, getting enough sleep, connecting with friends and family, and practising mindfulness. This fact sheet from the Black Dog Institute can help you set a plan or visit UWA's Health Promotion Unit Facebook page for helpful tips.
Your feelings are valid
It’s okay to feel anxious, scared or overwhelmed. The current situation is rapidly evolving. Recognise your feelings and emotions will fluctuate in response to the current situation. Expressing your feelings can help you make sense of things. Talk with friends, write in a journal, practise meditation or join a Beyond Blue forum or a Headspace group chat. If you're still struggling, consider speaking with a UWA counsellor for free, confidential support.
Stick to a routine
Emotional health is strongly affected by regular routines. Routines help us be organised and give a sense of achievement/accomplishment. Try to wake at the same time each day, prepare your breakfast as usual and dress like you would to get yourself in a positive frame of mind. Avoid alcohol and drugs, and maintain a healthy diet. Get among nature if you can or check out some of the exercise classes UWA Sport has online.
Share good news and keep connected
You are not alone in this. During times of stress, staying connected to your friends and family can help you feel supported and comforted. Talk to your loved ones about how you’re feeling and listen to their thoughts, too. It can be helpful to reflect daily upon our achievements, successes or things we appreciate as a way of re-framing our thinking. As challenging as times can be, most of us can find at least one thing each day that went well or that we are grateful for.
Take a break from the news
If you find you’re frequently checking the news or social media for updates or are feeling distressed or focusing on negative information, take a break. Switch off and try to maintain the things you enjoy like exercising, reading, watching your favourite series or going for a walk. While it's common to feel some stress in response to this situation, it's important to know that anxiety and fear can escalate through lack of accurate and factual information. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has great resources about coping with coronavirus anxiety.
The University cares about your safety and wellbeing.
- Foodbank Australia works closely with more than 400 charities across WA to provide emergency food assistance. You will need to register with a charity organisation that is close to where you live. Register with a local charity, call FoodBank on 9258 9277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search more than 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice and a whole lot more.
- ER Connect connects you with services that provide food relief, financial counsellors and emergency accommodation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging time for everyone. If you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, we're here to support you.
UWA has developed the COVID-19 Financial Hardship Grant. This new grant will provide immediate support to eligible onshore students who continue their studies with UWA and who are assessed as demonstrating significant financial hardship. To help us understand your circumstances, please complete the application form.
Being overwhelmed with financial stress is difficult to deal with. Externally, the National Debt Helpline provides free, independent and confidential service.
If you have no income and/or cannot afford basic necessities, help is available. The Department of Social Services, Australian Government Grant Service Directory provides details of support agencies.
There may be options within UWA Accommodation our team can discuss with you, such as the UWA housing database – a directory of rental and share accommodation. Many community organisations also provide support. Contact Student Welfare for assistance.
- Anglicare WA – Yes Housing assists youth aged 15-25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with accessing long-term housing, call 9263 2009.
- Centrecare Family Accommodation Service offers assistance for families who need help to maintain and/or access medium-term, non-emergency, supported accommodation.
- Tranby East Perth – Crisis accommodation is available for people following a personal interview. Visit Tranby House at Unit 6, 5 Aberdeen Street East Perth at 7am for a personal interview or call 9220 1200.
Are you at risk of losing your housing?
- RedCross WA provides support and helps you understand tenancy agreements, negotiate with landlords and find suitable accommodation.
- Tenancy WA provides advice on rental problems through an online appointment booking service. Call 9221 0088 (metropolitan) or 1800 621 888 (country free call). It also has fact sheets with advice on cessation of lease and eviction.
Other University support
External counselling and support services
- Lifeline – crisis counselling and suicide prevention services. Phone 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or contact the Lifeline online chat.
- Suicide Call Back Service – online and phone counselling. Phone 1300 659 467 or contact the Suicide Call Back Service online chat.
Counselling and mental health support
- Beyond Blue – Phone: 1300 224 636 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or contact the Beyond Blue online chat.
- eheadspace – support for young people (12–25 years) and their families. Phone: 1800 650 890 (9am-1am, 7 days a week) or contact the eheadspace online chat.
- MensLine – professional support for Australian men. Phone 1300 78 99 78 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or contact the MensLine online counselling.
- Mindspot – free service providing online assessment and treatment for anxiety and depression and help finding local services. Call 1800 61 44 34 (8am-8pm, Monday-Friday; 8am-6pm, Saturday).
- QLife – LGBTI peer support, 6pm to midnight. Call 1800 184 527 or the online chat is available 3pm to midnight.
- 1800 Respect – confidential support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or the 1800 Respect online chat.