Appendix C: Sector announcements relating to COVID-19, bushfires and mental health
|Organisation||Announcement Extract||Date and Website|
|Black Dog Institute||TEN—The Essential Network: an app supporting health professionals to manage life and work through COVID-19.
'TEN' is a mobile app that connects and provides fast, easy, anytime access to evidence-based tools, resources, programs and specialists.
Developed by health professionals for health professionals, it's a one-stop resource and help centre, providing self-assessment, self-management and treatment for stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. At the core is an online clinic screening tool designed to recommend relevant resources and online tools based on report outcomes.
|2020 - View Here|
|Beyond Blue/Be You||Bushfire Response Program—support for schools and early learning services affected by bushfires.
The Bushfire Response Program provides targeted mental health support to schools and early learning services affected by bushfires across Australia.
|2020 - View Here|
|Everymind||The Life in Mind team at Everymind has worked with the suicide prevention and mental health sectors, and in collaboration with the National Mental Health Commission to provide a comprehensive list of resources to support those affected by bushfires and COVID-19.||View Here|
|SANE Australia||Position statement on the impact of COVID-19, advocating for various actions required as part of the COVID-19 mental health response.||2020 - View Here|
|Neami National||Support during COVID-19
In response to the extraordinary circumstances across Australia, we are maintaining support, while reducing risks to the people who use our services, our staff and the community.
|2020 - View Here|
|Beyond Blue||We have published a dedicated 'Coping with bushfires' thread in our online forums. The thread provides a safe, understanding place to share how you are feeling about the bushfires and to offer support to those affected.||9 January 2020 - View Here|
|Mental Health Australia||'Look after your mental health, Australia'
Over the next few weeks, we will be promoting a series of community-driven ideas to help people keep mentally well during this difficult time, and sharing the wonderful content so many of you have already begun producing.
|March 2020 - View Here|
|Orygen||Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.||March 2020 - View Here|
|Flourish Australia||New Health Action Plan in response to COVID-19.||20 March 2020 - View Here|
|Suicide Prevention Australia||Impact of COVID-19 on the sector: survey report
In mid-April 2020, Suicide Prevention Australia launched a survey to help inform the National Suicide Prevention Adviser about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on program and service delivery within the sector. The goal was to gather intelligence to inform the national response, as well as provide an opportunity to identify ways to build sector capacity during this challenging period.
|April 2020 - View Here|
|Independent Community Living Australia/Roses in the Ocean||Launch of eFriend, a virtual, peer-based mental health support platform. The platform connects Australians with peer workers who apply their personal lived experience of mental illness and recovery to support mental health consumers and carers.||April 2020 - View Here|
The Commission, together with mental health organisations, experts and leaders, has developed #InThisTogether—a national conversation sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during COVID-19. Contributors include Beyond Blue, Lifeline, Reachout, headspace, RUOK?, Orygen, the Black Dog Institute, SANE Australia, the Brain and Mind Centre, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Smiling Mind.
|1 April 2020 - View Here|
|Beyond Blue||Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
This includes a 24/7 phone support service, web chat support service, online community forum, and various other mental health and wellbeing support resources.
|9 April 2020 - View Here|
|Everymind||Everymind jointly launches Coronavirus (COVID-19) survey to understand impact on Australian media, marketing and creative industries.||29 April 2020 - View Here|
|Save the Children||The Save the Children bushfire response acknowledged the role of families in children's recovery and provided a staged approach as needs shifted. The response provided:
||12 May 2020 - View Here|
|Neami National||Neami National is launching a new service to support the more than 500 people who have moved from sleeping rough into local hotels and motels in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.||22 May 2020 - View Here|
|Suicide Prevention Australia||Joint white paper: Reducing distress in the community following the COVID-19 pandemic
Turning the Tide: a six-point plan for change
State of the nation report
|June 2020 - View Here
March 2020 - View Here
September 2020 - View Here
The Commission, together with mental health organisations, experts and leaders, has developed #GettingThroughThisTogether—a national conversation sharing practical tips and support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians as COVID-19 continues.
|16 August 2020 - View Here|