“Look out for your family and friends, check in with them and see how they’re doing and, most importantly, reach out for help when you need it.”
NSW Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor joined the Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright and Chairman of Lifeline Australia John Brogden in calling on the community to be aware of their own mental health, as well as that of their family and loved ones while the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
“This can be an incredibly stressful time for families, parents and children,” said the minister.
“There are services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone in crisis can reach out at any time to get the help they need.”
Dr Murray Wright said the message of hope is extremely important during this challenging time. “It’s a message that’s been lost in much of the recent coverage, but we need to reassure ourselves that the current situation is temporary. It will end, especially as our vaccination coverage increases.
With Lifeline taking a record numbers of calls, John Brogden said it was more important than ever for people to continue to reach out for help when they need it.
“Just as we’re all doing our bit to protect everyone’s physical health, it is critical we also look after our mental health.”
If life is in danger, dial 000 (Triple Zero) immediately. For crisis support, call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. For mental health advice, call Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348.
To connect with specialist mental health services, call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.