Veterans’ MATES: COVID-19

Veterans’ MATES: COVID-19

The latest releases by DVA’s Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans’ MATES) are Keeping well during COVID-19 and Mental well-being during and after COVID-19.

24 August 2020

Keeping well during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Looking after your everyday health is just as important as practising social distancing and good hygiene. Keeping up with your usual medical care including routine visits to your GP, tests and medicines, and seeking treatment early when needed, will help you stay well.

‘Keeping well during COVID-19’ looks at three practical things you can do:

  1. Maintain regular contact with your healthcare providers    
  2. Continue taking your medicines as prescribed
  3. Get your influenza vaccination.

Three actions to enhance and protect your mental well-being during and after COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed how we live, work and connect with family and friends. This can make us feel distressed and overwhelmed. Understanding our stress response and learning simple techniques to calm distressing emotions and change negative thoughts can help us feel more in control and less stressed. 

The ‘Mental well-being during and after COVID-19’ release provides three techniques that can help you stay well during and after COVID-19.

For further information, advice and resources, visit the Veterans’ MATES website.

If you need to talk to someone, visit the Open Arms website or call 1800 011 046 – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Alternatively, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 – both available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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