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
- Joint white paper: Reducing distress in the community following the COVID-19 pandemic June 2020
- eMHPrac e-mental health factsheet
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
- The Australian Government has launched a free mental health support line for senior Australians, which operates Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm (except public holidays). Call 1800 171 866.
- 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: