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
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
A service for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
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
- Stay connected — keep in touch by phone, social media or video calls
- Keep moving — exercise to relieve stress
- Stick to a routine — keep regular sleeping and eating patterns
- Switch off — take a break from the news if it feels overwhelming
- Reach out — activate your support network or reach out for professional help
- Maintaining good mental health (Australian Govt Department of Health)
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak (Beyond Blue)
Connect with others in Beyond Blue’s forum: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Your weekly personal check-in list (Black Dog Institute)
- Mental Health and Safety (NSW Health)
- #InThisTogether- Join a national conversation and see how other Australians are supporting their mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
- Looking after your mental health online during COVID-19 - a comprehensive list of services and resources from eMHprac
For young people
- Bite Back – building resilience and improving overall wellbeing for 12-18 year olds (Black Dog Institute)
- How to cope with stress related to COVID-19 (Headspace)
- Open Up Online- a free peer-to-peer support group, that provides safe and supportive spaces for young people aged between 18 and 29 to connect and share experiences (One Eighty)
Looking after someone else
- How to support someone (Australian Govt Department of Health)
- Time 2 Talk a support service around a range of COVID-19 related challenges for individuals, couples, families, households and teams. (Relationships NSW)
Families and children
- Tips to help you and your family cope (Raising Children)
- Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Emerging Minds)
- Co-parenting in a time of COVID-19 (Relationships NSW)
Keeping healthy at home
- Staying healthy at home (NSW Health Make Healthy Normal)
- Weekly wellbeing challenge for students (Wk 1 editable pdf- NSW Department of Education)
- High Performance at Home infographics and videos (NSW Institute of Sport
Working from home and your health
- Managing your mental health while working from home toolkit (Lifeline)
- Support for businesses and dealing with job loss (Heads Up)
- Five quick stretches for your home workspace (NSW Institute of Sport)
- How to get a better night’s sleep during Coronavirus (Black Dog Institute)
Managing your alcohol intake
- Avoid using unhelpful coping strategies such as alcohol and other drugs (Alcohol & Drug Information Service)
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.
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