The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for managing our mental health.
This year’s World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October is encouraging everyone to make a promise to “Look after your mental health, Australia”.
It is a simple call to action for the one in five Australians affected by mental illness annually and for the many more impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, with the increased uncertainty and anxiety that has ensued over the last six months.
Head to the Mental Health Australia campaign website to make a mental health promise, hear some tips and advice from organisations and Australians, and find resources to help mark World Mental Health Day in your workplace or community.
Watch this video https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/
If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate support you can contact the below National Crisis Counselling Services.
- Lifeline 13 11 14 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 – beyondblue.org.au (link is external)
- Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 334 673
- Carer Support 1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660
- SANEAustralia Helpline 1800 187 263
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au(link is external)
- MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
- QLife 1800 184 527
- Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling 1800 011 046
You can also phone HeadtoHelp on1800 595 212 now for free advice and help for all Victorians or find out more at headtohelp.org.au
Gippsland HealthPathways has local clinical and referral information to support patient care
- COVID-19 Mental Health (link: https://gippsland.healthpathways.org.au/740566.htm)
- Mental Health suite (link: https://gippsland.healthpathways.org.au/15718.htm)