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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has impacted our Northern Beaches community in a variety of ways, as it has for the rest of the world. It’s understandable that during this outbreak you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear, distress and concern.

If you’re feeling this way, there are many local services that can support you. On this page, you’ll find crisis hotlines and local services to reach out to for support, as well as useful resources and tips to help look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Crisis hotlines (24/7 support)

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Confidential telephone crisis support service with online crisis support also available.

Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511

You will be able to speak with a clinician who can provide recommendations about how to manage your situation or put you in contact with an appropriate mental health team.
Mental Health Line

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467 

The Suicide Call Back Service provides free professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
Suicide Call Back Service

Kids Help Line - 1800 551 800

Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Kids Help Line

1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732   

A service for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
1800 RESPECT

Local mental health services

We have a comprehensive list of local mental health services and drug and alcohol services who can help you during this time including services who give support specifically to young people and families. While many of these will have ceased their group work and face to face service delivery due to the pandemic – most will be operating some form of support, such as online or telephone services.

Tips and resources to help

How to take care of your mental health

  1. Stay connected — keep in touch by phone, social media or video calls
  2. Keep moving — exercise to relieve stress
  3. Stick to a routine — keep regular sleeping and eating patterns
  4. Switch off — take a break from the news if it feels overwhelming
  5. Reach out — activate your support network or reach out for professional help

For young people

Looking after someone else

Relationships

  • Counselling for individuals, couples, families, households and teams. (Relationships NSW)  

Families and children

Keeping healthy at home

Working from home and your health

Better sleep

Managing your alcohol intake

Staying connected

As the world moves more people into isolation it can be a struggle to feel like you are staying connected. Our communities can stay connected if we look out for each other- find our more about our Hello Neighbour campaign.

Become a community gatekeeper

We're rolling out suicide awareness training to hundreds of community members over the next three years to support people who might be at risk of suicide. Read more and register for online training.