COVID-19 mental heath

Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Right now, it's a challenging and unsettling time for people across the world. As we rapidly adapt to new ways of life, it's important to practice self-care, check in with others and stay physically distant but socially close. Below is a list of mental health resources we've compiled to help you maintain mental health and wellbeing.

Do you need help now?

  • If you need urgent help, call triple zero (000)

If you are in distress, call

  • Lifeline, who provide 24-hour crisis counseling, support groups and suicide prevention services. Call 13 11 14.
  • Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 support if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Call 1300 659 467.
  • beyondblue also provides 24/7 counselling over the phone and has chat and online support groups. Call 1300 22 4636

Resources for everyone

  • Beyond Blue is delivering a new 24/7 support service specifically designed to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic available free of charge to all Australians. See below for CALD translated resources.
  • headtohealth is an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources.
  • Black Dog Institute have released information for looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. They're also conducting a survey right now about how COVID-19 is impacting the mental health of Australian adults, and what people are doing to stay mentally healthy.
  • Ramsay Health have some useful information and tips regarding stress, worry and anxiety during coronavirus (COVID-19) situation
  • APMHA HealthCare has developed a flyer for consumers with some answers to frequently asked questions and tips for staying mentally and physically well
  • The National Mental Health Commission have listed tips and links to sources of mental health information during COVID-19. They've also launched #InThisTogether a national conversation sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians
  • The Australia Psychological Society has prepared a guide outlining some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Swinburne University have created mentalhealthonline: A Practical Guide to Video Mental Health Consultations.

For health professionals

  • DRS4DRS provides medical professionals and students with support and referral options. They have a 24/7 helpline. In NSW call 02 9437 6552 and in Victoria 03 9280 8712.
  • RACGP offers a free service to foster a culture of self care amongst GPs. For counselling appointments, including in a crisis call 1300 361 008.
  • The Victorian Doctors Health Program offers a free, confidential service. Call 03 9280 8712 or free call 24/7 1800 991 997
  • TEN - The Essential Network for health professionals is a mobile app that connects and provides fast, easy, anytime access to evidence-based tools, resources, programs and specialists from the Black Dog Institute.
  • The Australian Psychological Society developed a wellbeing resource for staff and providers based on content discussed in their webinar, including managing stress/multiple demands, sleep and increased tension/conflicts

Health professional resources

For individuals with a lived experience of mental illness

  • VMIAC is providing information, updates and links to wellbeing resources.

For older people, their carers and families

For children

  • Emerging Minds has a selection of resources to assist parents and carers to best to support their children and reduce worry and distress
  • headspace provides support to young people aged 12 - 25 years old and has phone, online and chat services available
  • Kidshelpline offers support via phone, email or WebChat
  • ReachOut provides support, tools and tips to help young people and parents

For culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Beyond Blue has translated information about their 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support line in the following languages: