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Your mental wellbeing

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

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For immediate assistance

Beyond Blue 1800 51 23 48
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63
1800RESPECT 1800 73 77 32
Suicide Callback Service 1300 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).

You're not alone

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

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 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.
Connect, share your experiences and exchange support messages on the 'Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak' online forum.
Browse resources to help you manage your mental wellbeing and support others.

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.

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

Checking Up On Others , Dr Murray Wright

 

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

Transcript

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.

 

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