COVID-19 Mental Health Support
Are you, or someone you know, feeling anxious about COVID-19 or struggling to cope? It is important to seek support if you are feeling overwhelmed. You can seek support by:
- Speaking with friends or family to let them know how you feel can help (they may also appreciate talking to you about how they feel!)
- Using digital mental health services that you can access online or over the phone
- Connecting with a health professional such as your GP, a psychologist, or other mental health professional.
Read on to find out what mental health services are available to reach out to, or that provide self-care tips. The services listing on this page are free to residents of South Western Sydney.
- Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service - support service designed to help you during COVID-19
- Head to Health Pop Up - call 1800 595 212 for support, or visit our Head to Health page for more information
- Head to Health - government resources, helplines, apps, online programs and forums
- Mind Spot - free mental health counselling (online & phone)
- Lifeline - 24/7 helpline
- Life in Mind Australia - support information and sucide prevention resources
- Kids Helpline - for kids, teens and young people
- headspace - for young people
- Headstart - find local mental health services
Mental Health First Aid - recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health problems during the pandemic
- Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348
- Head to Health Pop Up 1800 595 212
- Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Chat online services
- Lifeline Crisis Support Chat - 7 days per week, available 7pm - midnight.
- Kids Helpline Online Chat - 7 days per week, 8am - midnight.
- BeyondBlue Online Chat - 7 days per week, 3pm - midnight.
- ReachOut - 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus
- R U OK - 5 ways to stay connected while physical distancing
- headspace - 7 tips for a healthy headspace
- MindSpot Wellbeing Plus - Helps adults aged 60+ to learn core skills to better manage depression and anxiety
- Beyond Blue Online Forum - Coping with the coronavirus
- OnlyHuman App - Onlyhuman's formula is to use short films and simple tasks to boost wellbeing and help you feel better in your everyday life.
Download free from App Store or Google Play.
South Western Sydney PHN fund a range of local mental health services to support the South Western Sydney community. These mental health services may be accessed in person, phone or video call. Some services may require a referral from a GP. You can also get more information by calling the SWSPHN Mental Health Central Intake team on 1300 797 746.
RU OK Connection Cards
If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, practically or emotionally, R U Ok's 'Connection Cards' can let someone know you’re there to help now and for as long as they need.
We encourage you to check in with yourself and others during this challenging time, and seek support when you need it.
#InThisTogether tips for your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
This infographic from Head to Health, provide tips to help your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19.
Watch Prof. Pat McGorry talk about mental illness and seeking support
It's ok not to feel ok. Get tips on seeking support in this 46 second video. #InThisTogether
Department of Health COVID-19 aged care grief and trauma support services
The Department of Health has developed a web page with resources which provide grief and trauma support for those living, working and caring in the aged care sector, who have been impacted by COVID-19.
COVID-19 aged care grief and trauma support services