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Australia Social distancing does not mean 'we have to be emotionally distant': Gillard

02:21  30 march  2020
02:21  30 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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She said there would be a varied response to the pandemic from those affected by isolation as well as “financial pressures”.

A new focus of support services was to “really intervene early before mental health issues spiral,” she said.

“I think this is a pandemic that then creates a wave of other problems.

“We have got to be physically distant from each other but that doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally distant from each other.”

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SANE Helpline 1800 18 72 63

Lifeline 131 114

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© Shutterstock / Linda Bestwick We are all called to action in the common fight against the corona virus. Here you can check how much you are already contributing. "Please keep your distance" - this request determines our everyday life. In the fight against the coronavirus and the spread of the potentially fatal disease Covid-19, we are all called to "social distancing". The rules should be clear by now and we've all heard how we can help slow the pandemic.

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