We recognise that COVID-19 may be causing concern, worry and distress in the community. In times of need, our community must come together and support each other. There are actions you can take to support the wellbeing of yourself, your family, colleagues and your community.
Access good quality information
It’s important to get accurate information from credible sources such as those listed below. This will also help you maintain perspective and feel more in control.
- Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service: 1800 512 348
- Australian Government COVID-19 WhatsApp health alert
- Australian Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers
- Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Head to Health – Australian Government mental health portal
- Symptom Checker – Australian Government symptom checker
Look out for each other
It is essential that we look out for each other at this time. If you’re worried about someone you know, pick up the phone and talk to them.
Lifeline, Beyond Blue and Kids Helpline are continuing to operate 24/7.
There are also online resources available:
- Beyond Blue: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- #InThisTogether: a collection of short videos from leading mental health organisations about taking care of your mental health during COVID-19
- Life in Mind: a landing page with links to lots of helpful resources from leading mental health organisations
Australian Government support
The Australian Government has announced a range of measures to support people through this time.
- JobKeeper payment for business
- Support for business and employers
- Support for individuals and employees
- Supporting individuals and households
- Additional Mental Health funding
The Australian Government has committed an additional $74 million to mental health services to help Australians in distress during COVID-19. The measures announced in March include:
- A 24/7 phone counselling service led by Beyond Blue, staffed by accredited mental health professionals
- A dedicated mental health and wellbeing program for frontline health workers
- Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) will develop a set of culturally appropriate mental health and wellbeing resources for First Australians
- Expansion of the Head to Health gateway