COVID-19 is impacting our lives in different ways, and there are supports for you to access on those harder days.
- Talk to your support team - this might include your manager, your case manager, your doctor and any other health providers, and ask for extra support.
- Beyond Blue has a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service available to all Australians to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.
- The service offers easy access to support including online wellbeing tips, self-help tools and phone counselling from trained professionals.
How can the Beyond Blue COVID-19 support service help?
Chris is recovering from a back injury and her partner, has lost his job due to COVID-19. Chris is very worried about her partner, and the household is experiencing uncertainty and financial stress.
The family has never accessed support before and is not familiar with what’s available.
Chris called the Beyond Blue COVID-19 support service and talked confidentially to a counsellor who listened and provided practical advice. The counsellor was able to assist Chris and her partner by referring them to get help from the National Debt Helpline (1800 007 007), as well as information about accessing a telehealth mental health plan. Chris is now able to focus on recovering from her back injury.
You can also access these confidential support services 24 hours per day:
- Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service (Beyond Blue) - for 24 hours phone support on 1800 512 348 or webchat
- Lifeline Australia for 24 hour phone crisis support on 13 11 14 or live chat
- Kids Helpline for 24 hour phone support on 1800 55 1800 or live chat
- Mensline – support for men is available via phone on 1300 78 99 78 or online
- 1800RESPECT is a service for people impacted by sexual assault and family violence – 24 hour phone support is available via phone on 1800 737 732 or chat online
Here are some other specialised support services:
- Headspace provides youth mental health services. Chat online , email or speak on the phone with a qualified professional
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remote communities advice on COVID-19 is available from the Australian Government Health website
- Multi-lingual news and information on COVID-19 is available in 63 languages from the SBS website.