The challenges we face as a result of COVID-19 are wide-reaching and likely to be long-lasting. As we spend more time at home, away from our usual social networks and extended family, it is normal to feel a whole spectrum of emotions. While we need to stay physically apart, staying socially connected is more important than ever and looking after our mental health and wellbeing during this time should take priority. Whatever you are feeling, it’s important to know that it’s ok and to seek help if you aren’t coping. Here are some resources you might find useful.
COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live and communicate and it’s normal to feel stressed, anxious or worried. If you need to talk to someone immediately you can call:
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
- Mensline Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 18 00
- Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
If you know you need some help but don’t know where to begin, the Government’s Head to Health website can point you in the right direction as well as provides helpful advice, tips, and stories.
Digital Mental Health Resources
There are some really useful self-help tools available online.
- Online Clinic – A free anonymous online mental health assessment for common mental health conditions. You will receive a personalised report with support service recommendations.
- myCompass – A free personalised self-help tool for mental health.
- Headspace – Access a free guided meditation app.
The NSW Government’s 24/7 Mental Health Line is also available to everyone in NSW on 1800 011 511. Staffed by mental health professionals, the Mental Health Line is designed to provide an easy-to-access assessment service and offer recommendations for ongoing mental health care.
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