Home isolation periods and/or the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful and may leave you feeling concerned. There are a range of support services available, including talking to a counsellor or other mental health professional.
Head to Health
The Head to Health website provides links to trusted Australian mental health online and phone supports, resources and treatment options. It also has online programs and forums, as well as a range of digital information resources.
Using the search page, you can navigate to various resources and services for help if you’re experiencing mental health concerns, or trying to support someone else. If you’re not sure where to start, you can also use Sam the Chatbot. Sam provides tailored recommendations on information and services that best suit your needs.
Where to get help
- Department of Health Social Work Services:
- South: (03) 6166 8354
- North: (03) 6777 4155
- North West: (03) 6478 6119
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours, 7days)
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Headspace: 1800 650 890
- Life in Mind
- SANE forums
- Employee assistance programs
Tasmanian Government financial support
The Tasmanian Government has announced it will provide further support and economic stimulus to help businesses and Tasmanian’s affected by COVID-19. These measures include:
- One-off emergency relief payments of $250 for individuals and up to $1000 for families who are required to self-isolate by public health as a result of coronavirus. This will be available to casual workers and those on low incomes. Funding for this measure will be uncapped.
- To further help those who are self-isolating, the Government will provide $1 million through Communities Tasmania to organisations such as the Salvation Army, The Red Cross and Rural Business Tas. These organisations will support vulnerable people through provision of food hampers, medical supplies or counselling.
- $2 million will be made available to our primary health care sector to ensure that GP’s, pharmacists and other health care providers are supported for example by enabling minor capital works and the purchase of equipment including PPE so they can continue providing primary health services.
- $1 million will be available to support front line workers with accommodation, such as in circumstances where their family members are ill so they can continue to contribute to our response. The accommodation will be provided for the period required to effectively manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Government will provide an additional $1 million in grants to mental health organisations to support individuals experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We will also establish an emergency accommodation support fund of $1 million to be administered through the Department of Communities Tasmania. This will be available for individuals and families who have been placed in self-isolation but who are unable to return to their regular place of residence due to self-isolation measures being in place. This will provide additional support members for our community at this difficult time.
Australian Government support
Information about Australian Government support for individuals/households and businesses is available at https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
Small business support
The Australian Banking Association announced a small business relief package from Australia’s banks.
Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months.
For more information see the, Australian Banking Association webpage.