Mental health has been something many people around Australia have struggled with these past few months. Whether it be from isolation, financial hardship, the loss of a loved one, or simply concern about the future, mental health difficulties have been one of the most serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vitally important that anyone struggling with such difficulties reach out to friends, family, or other support mechanisms. We must all support each other through this incredibly difficult time.
Mental health and suicide prevention remain one of the Governments highest priorities. As such, the Government is investing more in mental health services in order to support Australians in this difficult time. The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people who have used their 10 initial sessions and are in areas subject to restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These can be difficult issues to talk about, particularly in the middle of this pandemic. However, it is so important to reach out if you need help. Please see the below list of resources available to Australians who may need help.
Visit your GP
Your GP can refer you to the most appropriate mental health services within the Better Access Scheme.
Digital health services can be used as an alternative to face-to-face therapies in times of need, or when and where convenient.
Primary Health Networks
Primary Health Networks can help you find health services near you as they commission and coordinate services in based on local community need.
headspace provides young people aged 12 to 25 years old with free or low cost services to young people, their families and friends.
13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Lifeline is a crisis support service that provides short-term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
1800 551800 www.kidshelpline.com.au/
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.
1800 512 348 or at https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
Beyond Blue is available 24/7 by phone or online via chat or email to provide support on a range of mental health issues.
Suicide Call-Back Service
1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
For anyone considering suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available.
1300 78 9978 www.mensline.org.au/
MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men.
Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling
1800 011 046
Open Arms provides current armed forces personnel, veterans and their families with free and confidential counselling, group treatment programs, suicide prevention and community and peer network support for mental health and wellbeing.