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Coronavirus has meant big changes to the way we all live.
By following physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine practices, we are playing an important part in preventing community transmisson of COVID-19.
It’s completely natural to be worried about coronavirus and the changes that are happening all around us. Too much concern can impact on your ability to think clearly and cope with daily challenges.
There is never a wrong time to seek help.
If you experience anxiety, mood changes, feel overwhelmed, or find it difficult to sleep, to the point where you are affected in a negative way, it might be time to reach out.
If you need help
Domestic and family violence support
Domestic and family violence is a crime. Find out more about domestic and family violence services and supports that are available.
Find out more about what to expect when you contact 1800RESPECT.
For parents and carers
The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on everybody’s lives. When living with such big changes to daily life, it is normal for children, young people and adults to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
It is important to support and take care of the wellbeing of children or young people in your care, as well as your own mental health.
There is lots of information, solutions and helpful ideas to manage these challenging times and additional support is available if you need it.
Mental wellbeing services provided by NSW Government
The NSW Government provides a range of free mental health information and services.
- Mental Health Line (1800 011 511 - operates 24/7) can connect you to a mental health service if you are concerned about the mental wellbeing of yourself or someone else.
NSW Health have published a PDF of mental health counselling supports.
Look after your mental health during COVID-19 poster in community languages.
NSW Mental Health Commission website has resources and supports for people struggling with their mental health due to COVID-19.
SafeWork NSW Mental health at work during COVID-19 on free resources, coaching and training for employers on how to look after their workers’ and their mental health
Video: Looking out for people close to us
NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright talks about looking out for people close to us.
When we’re going through difficult times, it’s really important to look out for those people who are close to you. I’m talking about family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. We actually know these people really well and we can tell if they’re not behaving like their normal selves.
It’s important if you know someone and you think they’re not coping very well, to ask them if they’re OK. Sometimes people worry that asking that question is going to make people feel worse. It doesn’t.
In fact the opposite is true. They find it very reassuring to be able to talk about how they’re feeling and to get some advice. Simply asking people if they’re ok doesn’t require special skills. You just need to be able to listen and provide non-judgemental support.
If the issue comes up, you can tell someone how they might be able to talk to their GP or other health provider, but there are also lots of helpful resources online.
Other mental wellbeing resources
Counselling and crisis services
Find more information, counselling and tools to help with mental wellbeing on these trusted websites.
- Black Dog Institute is a free online clinic providing a mental health assessment tool and other support services.
- Head to Health can help you find digital mental health and wellbeing resources.
- Lifeline (13 11 14 - operates 24/7) provides crisis support and suicide prevention services.
- RUOK? inspires and empowers everyone to meaningfully connect with people and support anyone who may be struggling with life.
- ReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.
- Kids Helpline (1800 55 18 00 - operates 24/7) is a telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25.