- Last updated:
- 29 Mar 2020
If you’re struggling with your mental health, support is available. Please reach out.
Here are some good places to start.
24/7 support lines
- Lifeline 13 11 14 / Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- MensLine 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- If you need emergency assistance phone 000 for police, ambulance or fire services.
Tips for staying mentally healthy
from Beyond Blue:
- Try to maintain perspective
- Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage
- Access good quality information
- Try to maintain a practical and calm approach
- Try not to make assumptions
- Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus
- Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus
- Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone
- Connect with others via the Beyond Blue forums thread: Coping during the coronavirus outbreak
- Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
- Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
- Try to maintain physical activity
- Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits
- For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated work space
- Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing.
- 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.
- Lifeline chat online (7pm - midnight, 7 nights)
- B-Well mental wellbeing portal - Business owners and employees can log in to the free B-Well portal available via council’s website to provide mental wellbeing support during this difficult time.
- Worksheets, hotlines and targeted wellbeing support for anyone is available from government and community services.
- Head To Health has some great tips for staying mentally healthy, such as tips for maintaining good mental health, information on how to access mental health services, information for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected by helping them get established online.
- The Harvard Business Review has an article on coping with fatigue, fear, and panic during a crisis.
- Support for international students - funding is available to increase student support services across Queensland to help impacted students returning to study. This support includes providing information, advice and referrals on health care, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal service, as well as connecting students to social events and activities.
- Translation services and other languages - the Queensland Government provides interpreting services through the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) or phone 131 450.
WHS laws apply to psychological as well as physical risks. Make sure you and your employees know what support is available, including:
- how to manage risks to mental health in your business
- looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety.