WA’s mental health campaign tries to motivate personal resilience in COVID-weary state

By Melissa Coade

February 14, 2022

Amber-Jade Sanderson
WA health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

How to self-manage stress and anxiety is the focus of the WA government’s ‘Learn to look after you’ campaign, encouraging people to prioritise the things that bring them joy.

The campaign’s key message to West Australians is ‘no matter the hard stuff that is going on around you, there are things you can do to help manage how you feel’.

The WA Mental Health Commission developed the resource in partnership with specialist mental health provider This Way Up and the state branch of the Cancer Council. 

Health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson launched the campaign at the weekend; it includes practical, evidence-based strategies to help people cope with the stress or anxiety they may be suffering as a result of the “increasing community transmission of COVID-19 in the state.

“When times are uncertain, we often need help to manage very understandable feelings of stress or anxiety,” Sanderson said.

“This campaign offers people real, practical strategies that will help them with their mental health and wellbeing.”

The campaign aims to encourage personal wellbeing by teaching people what they can learn to do in order to ‘shift’ thoughts and accept that things change and be flexible. Sanderson added the idea was to motivate people to explore mental wellbeing strategies.

“Mental health treatment and support is always available and if you or someone you know needs immediate support Beyondblue is available on 1300 224 636,” she said. 

WA has avoided the worst of Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic by closing its borders to the rest of the country far longer than any other state or territory. However the strict policy decision to keep movement across the state borders limited has frustrated many locals wanting to visit family interstate and in the reverse position over the last two years. 

The latest WA Health figures recorded 481 active cases of COVID in the state (as of 12 February) and there are no people with the virus who are currently hospitalised in the state. This compares to that latest national count of 248,500 estimated COVID cases and 3,293 people hospitalised with 258 of those patients in ICU (as of 11 February). 


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