Helpful links and resources
Information from reliable sources
It’s best to rely on information from credible sources during this time, such as:
Checking in with someone you care about
It’s important to continue to check in with loved ones, friends, neighbours and workmates. If you notice that someone you care about isn’t quite themselves, their online behaviour has changed, or they seem more distressed than usual, reach out. Trust the signs, and ask “Are you OK?”.
- Beyond Blue has developed free resources to assist you to find the information you need to feel confident in playing a support role. These can be accessed at headsup.org.au
- Steps for checking in
- How to spot someone in distress
- Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for extra support.
Have you been affected financially by COVID-19?
- Support for individuals and employees
- Support for businesses and employers
- The My Business Health web portal offers dedicated holistic support to you to manage your outgoings, to access financial support, to prepare, respond and recover as the economy reopens, and how to seek out emotional support.
Support for older Australians
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, National Seniors Australia, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and Dementia Australia have banded together, supported by the Commonwealth Government, to create the National COVID Older Persons Information Line.
Older people and carers are encouraged to call 1800 171 866 to speak to friendly, specially trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.
Click here for more information about managing anxiety and managing mental health for older Adults, from the Australian Psychological Society.
Support for business
- Everymind’s Ahead for Business is an online resource specially designed to help you understand your mental health, manage business stress and provides tailored recommendations, information and programs.
Managing mental health when you’re out of work
While you’re out of work, there are some simple practices you can adopt to make this period of your life a little easier:
- Looking after yourself when you’re out of work
- Making the most of a bad situation – ways to spend your time while you’re out of work
Tips for working from home
For those who are able to, working from home may be new, uncomfortable and come with its own set of challenges. Here are a few tips to help you along the way: