The NSW Mental Health Commission recognises that people are feeling worried, stressed and anxious in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are many sources of information available, which can also add to a sense of confusion on how to respond. 

While information will develop to keep pace with the progress of COVID-19, we have gathered the following advice and information for you from our partners.

This is a time to support each other and keep yourself up-to-date so that you can help all your families and friends to be safe.

Mental health tips

Health information and tips

Community resources

  • Resilient Community Organisations has a toolkit to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.
  • Carers NSW has regular updates on COVID-19 about relevant information and resources for carers and service providers.
  • Black Dog Institute has a list of evidence-based tools and resources for you and your community.
  • Carer Peer Connect runs an online drop-in, known as Carer Hangout for carers across NSW. Carer Hangout is a safe space for carers to come together and chat during this period of social isolation.  Mondays from 2pm to 4pm and Fridays from 10am to 12pm.
  • Relationships Australia Victoria have easy-to-read resources developed specifically to help you navigate the challenges you might be facing as a result of COVID-19.
  • Grow continues to operate online, offering peer-to-peer support during these difficult times.
  • SafeWork NSW have COVID-19 resources available for both employers and workers on their website.

Media guidelines

  • Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Emerging Minds have guidelines for media professionals reporting on disaster or community trauma events.

In an emergency

If you, a friend or family member are experiencing distress please contact one of the following numbers:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.

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Last updated: 3 April 2020