Your mental wellbeing

Your mental wellbeing is important. You have a right to be safe. Domestic and family violence is never okay – there is no excuse. There are free services to support you over the phone, online and face-to-face.

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For immediate assistance

    Beyond Blue1800 51 23 48
    Lifeline Australia13 11 14
    Domestic Violence Line1800 65 64 63
    1800RESPECT1800 73 77 32
    Suicide Callback Service1300 65 94 67

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

    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 NSW Domestic Violence Line (phone 1800 65 64 63 24 hours, 7 days) offers telephone crisis counselling and referrals for women.

    1800RESPECT (1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days) is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence online chat and telephone counselling service. 

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

    Domestic and family violence and COVID-19 

    The safety of women and children is a priority.

    Essential services, including the police and courts, are here to help you stay safe.

    Crisis accommodation, counselling and other support services are also available.

    If you feel unsafe, reach out.

    The NSW Domestic Violence Line is always here for you. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    Free call 1800 656 463
    Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): 13 14 50 
    TTY 1800 67 14 42 

    The NSW Domestic Violence Line can:

    • explain services and support available to you
    • help you with your safety plan
    • refer you to support services, such as counselling
    • help you contact the police, courts or lawyers
    • help you find a safe place to stay
    • help with transport for you and your children.

    Can’t talk right now? Use the 1800RESPECT online chat service instead of calling.

    Need more information? Find out about other services and supports on the Department of Communities and Justice website.

    Find out how to stay safe online if there is a chance someone will check which websites you visit or use technology in other ways to control or harass you.

    You're not alone

    Stressful situations can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It’s vital people seek support and look after their own and their loved ones' wellbeing.

    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.

    Please reach out for immediate support on the following crisis numbers:

    There are also NSW Health fact sheets available on:

    If you need help

    Beyond Blue can help you find information, advice and strategies to manage your mental wellbeing. Talk to one of their trained counsellors at any time. Sessions are one-on-one, confidential and based on your needs. Call 1800 51 23 84.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support

    Browse Yarn Safe resources to help you manage your mental wellbeing and support others.

    Mental health at work

    Learn more about mental health at work and the support available, including:

    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.

    Video: Looking out for people close to us

    NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright talks about looking out for people close to us.

    Checking Up On Others , Dr Murray Wright

    Read transcript

    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.
    • Hear2Talk (1300 428 255) provides confidential, independent and skilled phone-based support to help manage challenging experiences and emotions with the help of a Peer Worker. 
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