Frame of mind

Returning to work

Returning to work; managing anxiety and re-establishing routine.

If you are feeling anxious about going back to work after isolation, you are not alone. The concept of reverse culture shock could offer an explanation as to why. At the beginning of the pandemic, we had to quickly adjust to restrictions requiring us to stay at home and limit


Silver linings

Searching for the positives during a global pandemic For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a frightening and confusing time. However, even at the height of the pandemic in Australia, plenty of people also discovered there were silver linings to an otherwise challenging time. Glimmers of light For

Emotional Response

Our emotional responses to disasters

Lifeline WA recognises that each disaster is unique and generates emotional responses specific to that experience, but if you’re struggling to cope in the aftermath of COVID-19 then taking learnings from previous disasters could offer some helpful insights. Here is some relevant information on emotional responses to previous disasters that


Mental health toolbox for young people

As we see the increasing impact COVID-19 is having on the mental health of young people, you may be wondering where you can get support for yourself or someone you care about.  The Australian National University has reported a spike in severe psychological distress in young people in our country. From loss of employment

Young People Toolbox

‘Cope ahead’ for social situations

Social anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems. Karen asked Emily, DBTeen Program Coordinator, for strategies. We’ve all probably felt nervous or uncomfortable in a social situation. Going blank in an awkward silence, regretting something you did say, wondering what everyone thinks of you… these are common


The big freeze thawing

There is relief as WA restrictions lift, but not everyone is feeling ready to get back into the swing of things. Kate was excited to have a few people over and planned a backyard catch up. When everyone arrived she was happy to see them, and then, an increasing sense


Research study: mental well-being during self-isolation

The Care Study will investigate which factors contribute to people’s mental well-being during, and after, periods of self-isolation (self-quarantine), compared to that of social-distancing. You are eligible to help with this survey if you are in Australia, aged 18 years or over, and currently engaging in social-distancing or self-isolating. Please


What its like answering Lifeline calls during a pandemic

Feeling troubled? Please don’t discount your experience, because we don’t. Ruben Mackellar spoke with ABC Life about what it’s like being a Lifeline Crisis Supporter during the coronavirus pandemic. Ruben shares his thoughts on how COVID-19 has impacted calls to Lifeline, and what he does to assist people. He emphasises allowing your


It’s okay to feel not okay right now

James Corden talks with philosopher and “The School of Life” co-founder Alain de Botton about our collective emotional state during a global pandemic. Alain says there is no FOMO, no fear of missing out on a fictional perfect life during a pandemic. He challenges the “brave face”, speaks to the


Curious about mindfulness

Personal trainer Natasha shares her tips on mindfulness and being present. When people approach personal trainer, Natasha Rabe, about losing weight and boosting their fitness, they’re pretty sure she’s going to recommend a strict regime of diet and exercise. Her clients are often surprised to find that a big part