The Close-Nit Community of Mount Isa Stands in Solidarity

A community is a place of mutually supportive people who focus on assisting and helping one another, and Mount Isa is known for that.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve seen our community rally together in support of employment and many family health crises.


Because we are a big bunch of diverse people who care, are loyal, are in pursuit of a society that understands what we need and how to achieve a goal and respect one another.

I’m proud to be part of the Mount Isa community and when I worked at The North West Star, I was honored to root for you – the sporting stars, the intelligent and inspiring students, the amazing women and men in business – and learn of your dreams. Those dreams and goals which are so important to you! Thank you for sharing with me and the community.

It’s so crucial to connect with society, even more so now, during this Global crisis COVID-19, although the way in which we connect is changing.

Self-isolation, self-quarantine and social distancing are fast becoming familiar phrases, but are requirements of community members to slow the rate of transmission of the virus.

These terms and situations bring their own symptoms such as anxiety, depression and worry more likely formed from issues interlaced with the illness; work commitments, bills, sick pay, family members, pets and so forth.

But isolating oneself doesn’t need to be a bad experience, being in solitude shouldn’t have such a bad rap.

Research shows that there are real benefits to finding things to do by yourself or in a small family group and the upside is you’ll learn more about yourself and get to spend time with those who really count - your children and partner.

Thousands of people around the globe are isolating to protect against the virus, so you’re never truly alone.

Technology is a great way to stay in contact with loved ones, friends, community groups and the world. There are many apps that you can use to visually communicate.

Facetime WhatsApp Zoom Snapchat

And the list goes on, but even if you don’t feel like seeing anyone, there are ‘pages’ and ‘groups’ popping up all over Facebook in support.

Join an online self-isolation support group. These groups provide information and a social forum with life experiences to assist their members.

Most groups are focused on the elderly and vulnerable groups that may be facing long-term isolation.

Seeing the positive in what is a negative is important.

I hope some of these ideas find their way to people who need to hear them and I wish YOU, the person reading this, good health and happy vibes!


Melissa Coleman

Freelance Journalist/Author/PR Manager



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