Lifeline - Lifeline continues to support Australians via telephone, text and webchat services. Call 13 11 14 24 hours/7 days and text 0477 13 11 14 from 6pm to midnight AEDT, 7 nights a week or chat online from 7pm to midnight, 7 nights a week.
Suicide Call Back Service - call 1300 659 467 for this free service for people having suicidal thoughts, family or friends affected by suicide and healthcare professionals treating suicidal people.
SuicideLine - call 1300 651 251 for free and anonymous support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week across Victoria.
SANE Australia Helpline – call 1800 18 7263 for information about mental illness, treatments and support for you and your carer.
Mensline Australia - call 1300 78 99 78 for telephone support, information and referrals for men dealing with relationship issues, or visit their website.
Beyondblue - call 1300 22 4636 for telephone support, information and resources for people dealing with depression or anxiety, or visit their website.
Blue Knot Helpline - call 1300 657 380 Mon-Sun between 9-5 AEDT or call 1800 421 468 to reach their National Counselling and Referral Service supporting the Disability Royal Commission.
1800RESPECT - will operate as per usual. They are open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
Kids Helpline - If you are feeling stressed, worried or anxious about COVID-19, Kids Helpline is available to answer your call, email or webchat.
Department of Health and Human Services - Mental Health Resources COVID-19
Try to maintain perspective
While it is reasonable for people to be concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, remember that medical, scientific and public health experts around the world are working hard to contain the virus, treat those affected and develop a vaccine as quickly as possible.
Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage
Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, you may find it useful to limit your media intake if it is upsetting you or your family.
Access good quality information
It’s important to get accurate information from credible sources. This will also help you maintain perspective and feel more in control.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to:
- activate your support network
- acknowledge feelings of distress
- seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.
For those already managing mental health issues, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms.
Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing. In circumstances where this is not possible, staying connected with friends and family online or by phone may assist.
For more information on looking after your mental health see the dedicated Beyond Blue page.