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It is important to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These factsheets outline how you can look after your mental health:
- Coronavirus - looking after your mental health - easy read version (PDF)
- Coronavirus - looking after your mental health - easy read version - accessible (Word)
You can also find information on the Mental health resources – coronavirus (COVID-19) page for tips and resources to support you through this time.
For people with disability, this may be a particularly difficult time due to fear and uncertainty, increased social isolation and financial hardship and difficulty accessing basic supplies, treatment and support. For people with disability, particularly those with cognitive impairment and those already living with complex mental health issues, the impact of a pandemic like this can be significant.
For your mental wellbeing, consider the following tips:
- Keep informed to ease fear and uncertainty. Obtain information from a reputable source such as this page to avoid confusion.
- Maintain treatment regimes, particularly those related to mental health.
- Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 (available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm) for access to information and referrals for people who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19), including access to counselling.
- Contact the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 available 24/7 or online chat (3pm–12am, 7 days a week).
- Remain connected with friends and family members and seek out peer support groups such as Peer Connect.
- Beyond Blue
A dedicated service for those feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or need assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Phone: 1800 512 348
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
- Carers Victoria
Represents and provides support for carers in Victoria.
- Disability Information Helpline
Access to information and referrals for people who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19), including access to counselling
1800 643 787 (available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm)
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25-year-old Victorians, their family and friends. Phone: 1800 650 893 or online at headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
- Kids Helpline
A confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years https://kidshelpline.com.au/coronavirus
- Lifeline Australia Phone: 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
- Orygen Digital
A specialist mental health service for young people aged 15-25.
Phone: 1800 888 320 or online at Moderated Online Social Therapy platform
Support for individuals and families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression. PANDA's National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline
Phone: 1300 726 306 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 7.30pm) or online at https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/supports-for-parents-anxious-about-coronavirus
A mental health organisation for young people are their parents. https://au.reachout.com/
- SANE Australia
Support, resources and advocacy for people affected by complex mental health issues. Phone: 1800 187 263 or online at sane.org
- Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind's digital care packs provide tools and resources for parents, carers and teachers to support positive mental health for the children in their care. https://www.smilingmind.com.au/kids-care-packs
- TANDEM carers
Represents organisations and individuals who care for people living with mental illness. https://www.tandemcarers.org.au/
- Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Provides telephone and advocacy services for people with a lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. Run by consumers for consumers. https://www.vmiac.org.au/
Virtual Y offers free access to exclusive fitness videos, nutritious recipes, wellbeing advice, family activities and their Youth Hub. https://virtualy.ymca.org.au/