As a group of small business owners, many of whom are family operated, we all have been touched by the impact of this crisis – the emotional cost of having to distance ourselves from friends and loved ones, the potential threat to the health of our elderly and vulnerable and the stress on all businesses who have closed their doors temporarily to protect their staff and clients.
Now, more than ever, the services provided by Beyond Blue have become a lifeline for many members of our community who are facing the terrible impacts of Covid-19.
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis support or information on mental health services available through the Covid-19 period we would like to direct you to the following Beyond Blue resources.
What is the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service?
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service is a service dedicated to helping people deal with the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is free and available 24/7 at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au, providing 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 options.
The services now available via coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au include
- Advice and information
- Digital tools and apps to help people manage their own mental health and wellbeing
- A phone number for a dedicated support line staffed by mental health professionals
- Referrals to other services and information as needed, including financial supports
- Easy links to Beyond Blue’s online peer support forums
- Links to emergency and crisis supports
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that give their time, expertise and support to those who are facing mental health challenges during this time and always.