The importance of staying connected during COVID-19

Friday, October 01, 2021

“I’ve been in the public system for 24 years and now have the privilege to serve as Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria (on secondment from Eastern Health) This gives me a nuanced understanding of the leadership in Mental Health and combined with my role at Spectrum, I have touchpoints with all the mental health services across the state. The people I work with are incredibly passionate and turn up to work to make a difference, and that truly sustains me.”

Adj. Clin. Assoc. Prof. Sathya Rao is the Executive Clinical Director at Spectrum, the Eastern Health state-wide Personality Disorder service. Today marks the start of Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week and the beginning of Mental Health Month.

“This is a challenging time for many people. We all live for our relationships; we thrive on them. If it’s a video chat or just text, it’s important to keep contact going. Our minds are going to create a lot of anxiety and fear especially now, so it’s important to keep connected, keep active and do mindful things, whatever they may be for you.”