Coping with Mental Health Challenges

Australian Government National Mental Health Commission: Mental Health Information and Support

Beyond Blue: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Black Dog Institute: Information for Teachers & Counsellors during COVID-19

“This page includes information on how to discuss COVID-19 with your students, strategies on how to support their mental health and wellbeing, and seeking additional help.”

World Health Organisation: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

“This time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support for mental and psychosocial well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.

Black Dog Institute: Online Clinic

“Created by leading clinicians and based on research, we have developed this free mental health assessment tool. It’s suitable for anyone over 18 years of age who is:

  • worried they may be developing a mental health problem, or
  • would like to get a better understanding of their mental health.”

Headspace: Information for young people affected by stress related to COVID-19

“It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. You might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in your community. The following information outlines things that might be helpful to manage any changes to daily life as a result of containment measures for COVID-19.”

Black Dog Institute: Quick Relaxation Techniques

“Different relaxation techniques appeal to different people. Please try out each technique and rate it out of 10, then choose the one(s) that suit you best.”

Black Dog Institute: Reassuring Your Children About the Unknown Fact Sheet

“Information for parents during COVID-19, including how to talk about the situation; strategies to reduce anxiety; tips to support wellbeing; and seeking additional help.”

National LGBTI Health Alliance: Covid-19 and LGBTI Communities

“It is recognised that LGBTI people experience higher rates of chronic health conditions which means that many are at risk of serious illness if they acquire COVID-19. This is exacerbated by the fundamental structural access barriers to high quality and culturally safe healthcare LGBTI people still experience including actual and perceived discrimination and stigma when accessing services including primary health care.”

Black Dog Institute: myCompass

“Personalised self-help tool for your mental health.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Managing stress and anxiety

Mental Health Australia: What can we do in a pandemic? What can we do to help?

CEO Updates discussing the impacts of COVID-19.

Black Dog Institute: Mindfulness in Everyday Life Fact Sheet

“Mindfulness is a of self-awareness training adapted from Buddhist mindfulness meditation. It has been adapted for use in treatment of depression, especially preventing relapse and for assisting with mood regulation.”

LifeLine: Mental Health and Wellbeing During the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

“The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus. We would like to reassure Australians that the Lifeline telephone, text and webchat services will continue as normal throughout the COVID-19 crisis.”

Black Dog Institute: Importance of Self-Care Planning Fact Sheet

“COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing resources including self-care explained; creating a self-care plan, personal planning templates.”

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: Coronavirus Updates and Information

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 (the taskforce) met for the second time on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. The taskforce provided significant input into the development of the national primary care target action response, with insights on workforce planning, cultural safety, the importance of prompt access to test results and the practicalities around maintaining service continuity when demand increases.”

Black Dog Insitute: iBobbly

“A social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians ages 15 years and older.”