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:
- Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14 Lifeline crisis support chat
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 Beyond Blue online chat
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 Suicide Call Back Service online chat and video chat counselling
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 Kids Helpline WebChat counselling
- EveryMan – (02) 6230 6999 EveryMan website
- your GP
- Headspace Canberra: 5109 9700 Headspace Canberra website
- St Vincent de Paul Canberra – (02) 6282 2722
- Anglicare (Canberra) – (02) 6245 7100
- Anglicare (Goulburn) – (02) 4823 4000
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
- Canberra Health Services Access Mental Health 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065
If your situation is life-threatening, call triple zero (000) immediately for help or visit your nearest Emergency Department.