We are now in our third week of stricter isolation requirements for COVID-19 and today marks the beginning of a long weekend.
We recognise this holiday period will be very different for Australians and even more challenging, as our usual ways of celebrating traditions, practising faith and coming together are no longer possible. Today I shared a message on how vital it is that we take care of our wellbeing and support one another during this period. While we have been advised to physically distance ourselves, and in some cases self-isolate, this doesn’t mean we must disconnect from one another entirely, instead we must find creative ways to remain connected. These connections are part of who we are, and are crucial to our mental health and wellbeing. Our #InThisTogether campaign is a great starting point, providing practical tips you can adopt to support your wellbeing as we stay at home to stop the spread.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that support is available. I encourage anyone who is feeling confused, overwhelmed or anxious to reach out to someone you trust for support – whether it be from friends, family, colleagues or a health professional. I am pleased to share, there is now a free Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Line 1800 512 348 available 24/7, as well as a dedicated website with online forums and resources.
The Commission is continuing to work with the mental health sector to support the Australian community during this difficult time. Please stay connected to us and each other as we navigate this challenging time.
Mental health support resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Commission is working closely with the Australian Government and sector stakeholders to ensure that mental health is central to Australia’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The digital mental health platform Head to Health is being regularly updated with the latest mental support services, resources and tips for COVID-19.
National Fifth Plan Consumer and Carer Surveys now open
If you have accessed mental health care in the past year, or cared for someone who has, you are invited to share your experience to inform our reporting on the progress of mental health and suicide prevention reform in Australia.
Your insights will help shape continuous improvements in care.
Survey closes 27 April 2020.
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
A new, dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now available to support all Australians during this challenging time. This includes a free Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Line 1800 512 348 available 24/7, with trained counsellors, as well as an online platform with forums and tailored mental health resources to support the Australian community.
The free service is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by Beyond Blue.
National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System
In the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced $15 million to establish a national suicide and self-harm monitoring system. The Department of Health is funding the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to lead the development of this work, working in collaboration with the Commission and drawing on our expertise to inform the development of the system.
The system will aim to improve the coherence, accessibility, quality and timeliness of national data and information on suicide, suicide attempts and self-harm and will inform the development of suicide and self-harm policy, as well as identify trends, emerging areas of concern and at risk groups.
The public interface of the monitoring system is expected to be available by July 2020.
Discover the Expert Advisory Group members and learn more about the project on our website.
National Suicide Prevention Adviser initial advice feedback
In November 2019, Christine Morgan provided initial findings and advice to the Prime Minister in her role as National Suicide Prevention Adviser. A summary of the initial advice was made publicly available in January 2020. The National Suicide Prevention Taskforce is now seeking feedback from Australians on this advice. Feedback will inform the ongoing advice of the Adviser, which includes finding person-centred and community-led solutions to reduce distress and assist individuals, families and friends along the continuum of suicidal behaviour.
Survey closes 30 April 2020.
We're all #InThisTogether
Together with mental health organisations, experts and leaders, we have launched #InThisTogether - a national online conversation sharing practical tips to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during COVID-19.
We encourage you to join the online conversation by watching, following and sharing the tips.