24 Mar 2020
It is a challenging and unsettling time for Australians, and people across the world. COVID-19 has and will continue to impact us all as we rapidly adapt to new ways of life. We have combined resources that will help keep you informed with the latest health information as well as looking after your mental health and wellbeing.
We encourage you to check in with yourself and others and stay emotionally and socially connected, especially to those that are self-isolating.
Health Information about COVID-19
The focus of conversations and media over the past few months has been COVID-19. This can be overwhelming, and at times confusing if messages are conflicting. While information will develop and change over time, to keep pace with the progress of COVID-19, we encourage you to refer to evidence-based and reputable sources that are updated regularly.
- Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Alert: live health information website providing up-to-date advice, recommendations and announcements. If you are concerned you can also call the dedicated National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080.
- World Health Organisation (WHO): international updates, advice and resources.
- People with Disability Australia has information about the NDIS and coronavirus.
- NSW Health website website provides multilingual resources and information on COVID-19.
- Multicultural Health Communication Service provides translated resources from the Australian Department of Health and other organisations.
Mental Health Tips
The outbreak of COVID-19 and the significant media coverage may have you feeling concerned, anxious and uncertain. The following resources have been developed to support your mental health and wellbeing during this time.
- #InThisTogether The Commission has worked together with leading mental health organisations, experts and spokespeople to develop a national online conversation sharing practical tips to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during #COVID19.
- WHO COVID-19 Mental Health Considerations for the public, health workers, parents and people in isolation.
- Head to Health have a dedicated landing page for mental health information to help you and your loved ones cope with feelings resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
- Life In Mind and the National Mental Health Commission have developed a landing page consolidating resources available in to one spot. This will be updated regularly.
- Beyond Blue has helpful tips on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak and a video on how to talk to children about ‘scary stuff’.
- RUOK? have shared a message on the importance of staying connected.
- ReachOut have developed resources and practical tips to help young people look after their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific tips for parents about how to talk to their teenagers about COVID-19.
- headspace have developed tips for young people coping with stress related to COVID-19.
- UNICEF Australia have developed resources and tips to support parents and teachers in talking to children about COVID-19.
- Emerging Minds have resources for parents talking to children about disasters or traumatic events.
- Phoenix Australia have tips for taking care of yourself and your family.
- WHO Social Stigma Guidelines for COVID-19 outlines safe language to use when discussing and reporting on COVID-19 to avoid social stigma. For those reporting on mental illness, we encourage you to refer to the Mindframe Guidelines.
- SBS has COVID-19 health and mental health information for those that speak a language other than English.
Mental Health Support
Accessing support and staying connected is really important during this time. We encourage you to seek further support should you need it.
- Beyond Blue have established a dedicated COVID-19 online forum for people to share their concerns and connect online to support one another.
- ReachOut have online youth forums and online parents forums for COVID-19 offering peer support in safe and established online communities.
- SANE have an active online forum focused on unpacking fact from fiction about COVID-19 and providing self-care strategies.
24/7 Support Lines
The below support lines are available 24/7 if you need to talk.
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- MensLine 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
If you are currently impacted by the Bushfires, you can access immediate free counselling and additional supports by contacting Services Australia 180 22 66.
If you need emergency assistance phone 000 for police, ambulance or fire services.