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How to stay socially connected

Published: 21st April 2020

Staying socially connected is important for good health and wellbeing, especially in times of adversity and change.


The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging time, and physical distancing measures can make people feel isolated and lonely. Luckily, technology and social media means there are some great ways to stay connected with friends and family virtually.

Why stay connected?

Knowing that you are loved and cared for can increase self-esteem and reduce the risk of anxiety or depression. Having a sense of belonging and purpose has been found to improve wellbeing.

When faced with adversity, it’s important to support your friends and family and call on them for support if you need it.

Data to stay connected

With the move to online learning and more time at home, it is likely you’re needing more internet data to support your studies and keep socially connected.

Murdoch University has worked with the Murdoch Guild to establish a Student Support Package, including a $100 Technology Bursary to help you stay connected.

Many telecommunications companies are offering deals and support packages. Find out if your provider can help you save money.

Ideas for keeping socially connected during COVID-19

Check out our list below for ways to stay connected with friends and familyvirtually. You can also explore our Social Connection Calendar or join our Social Connection Facebook group to stay connected with our Murdoch community.

Please note Murdoch does not have an affiliation with any of the services or companies mentioned below, and this is only a snapshot of the great services that are available.

We’d love to hear how you are staying connected at this time, so if you have anything you would like us to add to the list, please email

Don’t forget, the Murdoch University Counselling Service is still open for online consultations. Please visit our website to make an appointment if you need extra support during this time.

Video call a friend:

Message friends:

Hang out with a group of friends:

Watch movies together:

Dance party together:

Play games together: