Coronavirus has changed the way we live and connect with people for now. Change can be hard. Many people are having problems, both financially and mentally. During times like this, it is important to know where you can get help.
Social and emotional wellbeing support services
With big changes in our lives, it is normal to feel worried, stressed, sad, tired or angry. Talking with family, friends, or someone you trust can help. You can also talk with an Aboriginal health worker or your GP.
There are a range of services to help people who are feeling upset or worried. Don’t hesitate to ask for support when needed and look out for others that you think might need help.
- Head to Health
- Head to Health links to free and low cost phone and online social and emotional wellbeing services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations and includes COVID-19 specific information and support. Visit www.headtohealth.gov.au. For support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, visit www.headtohealth.gov.au/supporting-yourself/support-for/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples.
- If you are experiencing emotional distress or going through a difficult time and need someone to talk to, visit lifeline.org.au or call 13 11 14.
- Beyond Blue
- Beyond Blue has established the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 1800 512 348 or visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au or www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
- Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
- Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) is producing culturally appropriate resources to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to protect their social and emotional wellbeing through this time. Visit www.gayaadhuwi.org.au for free posters.