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Your mental health and wellbeing

It’s important to look after your mental health. Find out about the services that can support you through these difficult times. 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, phone:

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14

Domestic Violence Line

1800 65 64 63

Beyond Blue

1300 22 46 36

1800RESPECT

1800 73 77 32

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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How to take care of your mental health

There are a number of things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing.  

  • Stay connected — keep in touch by phone, social media or video calls
  • Keep moving — exercise to relieve stress
  • Stick to a routine — keep regular sleeping and eating patterns
  • Switch off — take a break from the news if it feels overwhelming
  • Reach out — activate your support network or reach out for professional help

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you’re not alone. There are services that can support you through these difficult times.

Counselling services

If you are worried or anxious and need to talk to a counsellor, call:

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service (Beyond Blue) on 1800 51 23 48
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 (for crisis support)

Contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 if you need to be connected to mental health services. The service:

  • is available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • is staffed by mental health professionals who will ask questions to determine if you or, the person you are concerned about, needs ongoing mental health care and how urgently it is needed.
  • will make recommendations for ongoing mental health care including referral to your local mental health service.

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Highly trained and qualified counsellors provide free, confidential online chat or telephone support.

Find out more about what to expect when you contact 1800RESPECT.

You can access 1800RESPECT via phone on 1800 737 732 and online chat.

Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW provides 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counselling, support, referrals and information for those affected by alcohol or other drugs. Call 1800 250 015.

The service is available to people who are concerned about their own alcohol and drug use, as well as callers who are concerned about their family or friends.

There is a wide range of specialist mental health services that can provide support and advice on how to cope with different types of mental health concerns.

NSW Health have published a PDF of mental health counselling supports.

Online mental wellbeing resources

There are a range of specialised digital mental health services available that can provide support for the wellbeing of yourself and others:

  • Beyond Blue - provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
  • Black Dog Institute - resources for mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. 
  • Head2Health - a digital mental health gateway containing a range of trusted mental health services and resources. 
  • Kids Helpline - a telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. 

NSW Mental Health Commission

The NSW Mental Health Commission website has resources and supports for people struggling with their mental health due to COVID-19.

Advice and guidance for employers

It's important for employers to provide a mentally healthy work environment so that that workers stay both physically and mentally healthy during this time.

Read SafeWork's Mental health at work during COVID-19 for more information.


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. 

The Domestic Violence Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 65 64 63

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