Communities coping with COVID-19

As states across Australia continue to move in and out of lockdowns and restrictions, we can see first-hand the effects of this across our communities.

The potential for harms, especially those associated with alcohol and other drugs, continue to increase along with these restrictions. Some people may find themselves drinking or using substances more to cope with anxiety, negativity, stress and our changing environment.

We need to help our communities stay as safe as possible. Please find a range of helpful information, inspiring stories and links to support services from this page to use and share to those who need it.

Also, remember to check back in to health.gov.au for the latest updates and information around COVID-19 from the Australian Government.

Alcohol use during the pandemic

Information on increased alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic This is a traumatic time for Australia and the world as communities struggle to cope with the reality of the virus and what it means for our lives.

Signs isolation could be impacting your drinking Find out the six signs that home isolation could be impacting your drinking and try the quick Drinking Calculator to find out how your drinking measures up

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The easing of restrictions

Top tips for re-starting community activities after lockdown As we move in and out of COVID-19 lockdowns, our “new normal” can be very different and hard to navigate.

Staying up to date with restrictions in your state or territory When restrictions begin to lift, community groups need to be aware of the varying rules across the country

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Inspiring stories from community groups thinking outside the box

Burnie Works collective leads a social recovery campaign inspired by art Innovative ideas like a travelling nine-foot tall 'Set me free' paper sculpture and a set of Survival Cards are helping prompt discussion and encouraging people to seek support.

LDATs across the country face overcome the barriers and roadblocks of COVID-19 and its restrictions See how Local Drug Action Teams are creatively adapting their activities to address lockdown restrictions

Baw Baw continues to shoot hoops (virtually) Despite coronavirus restrictions, young people in Baw Baw, Victoria were still able to get involved in competitive sport.

Connecting youth through virtual art classes in Nannup The team in Nannup, Western Australia, is keeping young people connected in the era of COVID-19.

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Mental Health Support

Supporting the mental health of your community Find information on mental health and support services to address the needs of your community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How the Alpine region came together to support the mental health of their community The Communities that Care Alpine LDAT, in collaboration with Myrtleford Alpine Saints Football Netball Club, has created the MFNC Wellbeing Team to support the mental health of their community in regional Victoria.

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Tips for individuals who use alcohol and other drugs

Tips for people who use alcohol and other drugs to tackle the challenges of COVID-19 Find information on dependence, tips for preventing harm and pathways to support services for people who use alcohol and other drugs.

More resources and support services

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