Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not only impacted the physical health of individuals worldwide, but has also impacted our economy, our jobs and our day to day lives.
We understand navigating through these uncertain times can be hard and distressing. We’re here to help.
Below are some useful links to help you with your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times.
Free telephone counselling
PORTS is a free, virtual mental health service for people in WA. PORTS supports GPs and other health professionals to refer their patients to get expert assessment and treatment for symptoms of low mood, depression, stress, anxiety and substance use problems.
PORTS services are available to residents of WA aged 16 years and older, low-income, and have been referred by a GP or another health professional.
To access PORTS, speak to your local GP or mental health provider, who will be able to refer you.
If you are currently worried and anxious and want to talk to a mental health professional about your worries and how we can help, call PORTS on 11800 176 787, Monday- Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm AWST (except Public Holidays)
We also provide effective online psychological assessments and treatments. These services are designed for people who have been troubled by symptoms for several weeks or months, and who are looking for skills that can help.
For other support, you can also contact our friends at:
- MindSpot (1800 61 44 34)
- Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636)
- Lifeline (13 11 14)
- Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800)
- Mensline (1300 78 99 78)
- Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467)
- 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- Q-Life (1800 184 527)
Maintaining mental wellbeing during the pandemic
General Mental Wellbeing
It’s natural for people to feel a range of emotions in this situation, such as stress, worry, fear, anger, anxiety, guilt, frustration, boredom or low mood.
Check out our 10 top psychological tips for coping with Coronavirus.
Maintaining mental wellbeing for people working on the front line
The challenges for front line staff working during the COVID-19 pandemic are significant. You are not only serving the community but you also trying to stay healthy, while often worrying about the health of family and friends.
Read our top 11 practical psychological skills to help frontline staff stay mentally resilient during this challenging time.
Health alerts and advice
For the latest medical advice on COVID-19, make sure you seek updates from reputable sources.
Below are some helpful links to government resources to guide you through this pandemic.
General Medical Updates
- Visit the Department of Health website, dedicated to Coronavirus updates
- Download the official Australian Government: Coronavirus Australia app, via the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join the WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android
- Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
Local State and Territory Advice
- For information about symptoms of Coronavirus, refer to the Australian Government Health Direct symptom checker
How to get Tested
- If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, check your symptoms and advice on how to get tested, using Australian Government Health Direct symptom checker
Advice for People at Risk
- For people at risk, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, older people and the aged care sector, go to the Department of Health website
- For information for people travelling overseas, or returning from overseas, visit Smart Traveller
Stop the Spread
- Protect yourself and others by following these guidelines
Restrictions and safety advice
- For information on financial assistance or to make a Centrelink claim, refer to the resources available on the Australian Government website
National Debt Helpline
- Refer to the National Debt Helpline: COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide, for a step by step guide for looking after yourself and your family financially during the Coronavirus pandemic
- If you need further assistance, call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007
Working from Home
Transitioning to working from home can be challenging and significant adjustment to the way one works. Visit these resources to help you optimise your environment and establish new routines:
- Black Dog Institute’s resource – Working from home: a checklist to support your mental health during Coronavirus
- Safe Work Australia: Working from home. Information and resources about establishing a safe work from home environment.
Staying Socially Connected
Practicing social distancing and staying at home, doesn’t mean we have to stop talking to our friends and loved ones. Stay connected digitally, via online video calls and messaging.
Visit Be Connected: Connecting with Others for brief courses about how to use technology to connect with others (eg. Skype, facetime, WhatsApp, video calling).
Helping your Children Through the Pandemic
Spending more time at home and changes to schooling routines can be a hard adjustment for our children. Below are some useful links to help you, help them cope.
- Headspace have tips, education about common reactions and a list of helpful services for young people
- Kids Helpline, also provide information, resources, videos, and links to additional services.
Telehealth guide for health professionals
MindSpot is a world leading clinic in digital mental health. Our evidenced based approach is tried, tested and proven to support patients during times of significant emotional distress.
The MindSpot team have prepared this brief guide for health professionals, on how best to transition into and run a telehealth service.