Mental health and wellbeing support services
The impacts of COVID-19 can be extremely stressful and it is very normal for us to feel worried and anxious during a time like this.
There are a range of support services available:
Stay Healthy Stay Connected
Stay Healthy, Stay Connected (SHSC) is an initiative of the Tasmanian Government. SHSC is a space for the Tasmanian community to connect during the coronavirus pandemic, offering tips, ideas, info & support.
Support Act: 1800 959 500
Support Act delivers crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.
For more information about Support Act visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Tasmanian Lifeline: 1800 98 44 34
Lifeline Tasmania has set up a new service for Tasmanians, specifically to deal with unprecedented demand for information, advice and support because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new phone line will offer three types of support:
- Call in: Tasmanians will receive psychosocial support from a trained support worker to discuss concerns and be redirected where appropriate to a referral service.
- Call out: Contact socially isolated older Tasmanians identified through existing services, family and friends who are concerned or by other health professionals.
- Reach out: Through partnership with those industries significantly impacted, such as tourism, hospitality, retail identify at-risk members and reach out for psychosocial support, counselling or employee assistance programs.
A Tasmanian Lifeline will be staffed from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
Head to Health
The Head to Health website provides links to trusted Australian mental health online and phone supports, resources and treatment options. It also has online programs and forums, as well as a range of digital information resources.
Using the search page, you can navigate to various resources and services for help if you’re experiencing mental health concerns, or trying to support someone else. If you’re not sure where to start, you can also use Sam the Chatbot. Sam provides tailored recommendations on information and services that best suit your needs.
Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
The Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service website is regularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. If you are worried or struggling to cope during the coronavirus pandemic, trained counsellors through the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service helpline are available to support you 24/7 by calling 1800 512 348.
COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19. So, if you are not in regular contact with others, and could do with a friendly chat our one of our volunteers would be happy to call you – once or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection. Visit the Australian Red Cross website to find out more and register for a COVID Connect call.
National COVID Older Persons Information Line
Older people, carers, people living with dementia and their families can access advice and support from specially trained staff on 1800 171 866.
Where to get help
- Department of Health Social Work Services:
- South: (03) 6166 8354
- North: (03) 6777 1427
- North West: (03) 6478 6119
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours, 7days)
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Headspace: 1800 650 890
- Rural Alive and Well (RAW): 1300 4357 6283 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Life in Mind
- SANE forums
- The White Jacket Effect
- Employee assistance programs
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service and Family Drug Support: 1800 811 994
- Alcohol and Drug Services (Department of Health): 1300 139 641
- Quit Tasmania: 13 78 48
- Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania