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National Museum is getting stories about COVID-19

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By April Murphy

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Museum of Australia is giving the people an opportunity to share their stories via a digital platform.

The institution has created a Facebook page, Bridging the Distance — Sharing our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences -, that allows readers to share stories, experiences, images and alike. 

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said that as a custodian of Australia’s social history and cultural heritage, the Museum is committed to recording the stories of this pandemic, which is redefining the way Australians live, work, share and communicate.

“This digital initiative will make the Museum accessible to audiences across Australia and the world, with the delivery of content on the Museum’s website and across its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Weibo,” says Dr Trinca.

The National Health Commission has also released a platform where Australians can unite to share their stories and tips. #InThisTogether is a collection of simple and factual tips to help support the Australian’s mental wellbeing.

“We are also facing an extraordinary challenge to keep caring for each other, to stay connected with each other, while remaining physically distant and healthy,” says Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.

The initiative was created utilising the expertise of a diverse range of organisations and mental health experts such as Beyond Blue, Lifeline, Ian Thorpe and Headspace, to name a few.

“While we are keeping physically distant, it is more important than ever that we remain socially and emotionally connected,” says mental health experts on The Australian Governments Head to Health webpage.

For more information in relation to looking after your mental health during and after COVID19, you can find information and resources on the Australian Governments Head to Health website. https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support

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