Beyond Blue has created a new Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service which aims to support all Australians to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant impacts for Australians, with mental health recognised as a priority during this period.
Beyond Blue Chair The Hon Julia Gillard AC says “We anticipate growing demand for mental health support as this pandemic develops, both from people who are already managing mental health issues and those who have never struggled before,” Ms Gillard said.
Beyond Blue, in development with Medibank Health Solutions and Accenture, have developed a free service in the form of a digital site that delivers clear, evidence-based information, advice and support specifically tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the pandemic.
Through a digital site, the service offers easy access to a broad range of supports from online wellbeing tips and self-help tools to phone counselling from trained mental health professionals and peer to peer support.
The service launches today, 9 April 2020, with information about a range of issues including coping with loneliness and self-isolation, managing your mental health if you have the virus, ways to deal with job loss and financial worries, supporting friends and family, coping as a healthcare worker, and support for essential service workers and small businesses.
The new mental health service can be accessed at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Check out the Beyond Blue support service dedicated to Managers and business owners via https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/impacts-on-my-work/managers-and-business-owners.html
Beyond Blue has also launched their new podcast series - Not Alone - where everyday Australians talk about their mental health journey. Listen to the latest via https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/not-alone