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At this fascinating and unfamiliar time in our lives, access to health professionals and their services could not be more important. But with the new social-distancing guidelines, many people in self-isolation and many who have lost the financial means to utilise these services, the traditional in-person consultation is not as effective during this time.

Many healthcare professionals already offered Skype consultations pre-COVID-19 but during this time, video consultations may be the best way forward. If you are a healthcare professional that already offers remote consultations, share this idea within your contacts of other professionals.

Remote access health services during COVID-19

Lin Bell is a qualified kinesiologist and counsellor with over 38 years experience. She works with clients both locally and globally, offering her sessions via Skype. Many people, even the most mentally resolute, will need guidance through these tumultuous times. Having remote access to the services of a local counsellor may be the perfect way to calm your mind and keep you in good spirits.

With extensive experience in mindfulness practices, Michael Bartua delivers insightful and engaging personal coaching and group-work through science-based methodologies. Already have a pool of international and domestic clients, Michael is used to remote consultation via Skype and knows how to get the most out of them. Being mindful in a time like this can mean the difference between panic and calm.

Mental health from afar

Although there are some that will be able to utilise the remote-services of counsellors and other professionals but many will have lost the financial means to do so. Mental health organisations such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue are incredible resources and have extensive yet simple methods to manage your mental health and wellbeing and help others to do the same. Their advice is COVID-19 specific and they offer recommendations to reputable sources of information.

Millions of people are wanting clear and comprehensive guidelines and these mental health organisations should be everyone’s first port of call. Take care of your body, take care of your mind, take care of your money and take care of each other. Spread compassion in this time of turmoil and seek professional advice if you are uncertain about anything. Now is the time to stay connected, even if that is through a computer screen.

Lachlan Cornell