Mental Health and Wellbeing

A new, free, and dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now available to support all Australians to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.

People can access the service at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

For tips and resources on how to look after your mental health and the wellbeing of others, visit ACT Health’s dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

Life as we know it has changed in many ways as a result of COVID-19, and understandably it is affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many in the community. People may feel distressed, and at times overwhelmed, by what is happening around them. Understanding COVID-19 can reduce anxiety, but constantly watching or listening to information about distressing events can make things feel worse.

A safety net package of $1.1 billion has been announced by the Prime Minister to expand mental health and telehealth services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief.

Up to date information is available on this website and through Department of Health website and the australia.gov.au website. The Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080 it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Feeling confused and uncertain about the future is a normal, understandable reaction at a time like this. There are different ways of coping, but one important aspect of how we cope is to remember that we are not alone in how we feel. Talk with your family and friends and keep up social connections through online or telephone contact. Try to ensure you maintain a daily routine as much as possible including regular exercise and a good sleep pattern. For parents talking clearly with their children is also important and advice is available from the Emerging Minds website.

Talk with your family and friends and keep up social connections through online or telephone contact. Ensure you maintain a daily routine as much as possible including regular exercise (such as walking, riding a bike, getting outside) and a good sleep pattern.

If you are having very strong feelings of worry, unease or fear and you are struggling to cope it is important to seek support. You can call or visit:

If your situation is life-threatening, call triple zero (000) immediately for help or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

For tips and advice for people in isolation, or dealing with grief, visit ACT Health’s dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: April 16 2020