Looking after your mental health
  • 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.

Online forums

  • 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)

Additional support

 Manage risks

WHS laws apply to psychological as well as physical risks. Make sure you and your employees know what support is available, including: