4 Aug 21

It is fair to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone, whether you are a parent, a caregiver, a student, an employer, or employee; and the effects have been just as wide ranging as people affected.

The Australian College of Audiology is more than just an association, we are a team of people who have a genuine concern for your physical health and mental well-being during this time. With that in mind, we have put together this list of resources.

 

Beyond Blue, have published an article on how to look after your mental health: Ways to look after your mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic (beyondblue.org.au)

 

There are many organisations offering support across the country:

  • Lifeline Australia [24/7]: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue [24/7]: 1300 22 46 36
  • Beyond Blue online chat – https://online.beyondblue.org.au/#/chat/start
  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service [24/7]: 1800 51 23 48
  • MensLine Australia [24/7]: 1300 78 99 78
  • Suicide Call Back Service [24/7]: 1300 65 94 67
  • 1800 RESPECT – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service [24/7]: 1800 73 77 32
  • Kids Helpline [24/7]: 1800 55 18 00
  • Kids Helpline Web Chat counselling – https://kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling

 

Talking to our Children

For those of us with children, there is the reasonable concern about how to explain the situation to them in language that they will understand. Fortunately, there are some good resources available.

This video and booklet from the Queensland Department of Education, is aimed at younger children: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/asides/covid-19-explained

The Red Cross have also put together a list of tips for talking to older children and teenagers: https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/covid-19/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19

 

We also looked at what resources are available for our members on a state-by-state basis.

 

Queensland Government services:

 

New South Wales Government services:

  • Domestic Violence Line [24/7]: 1800 65 64 63

 

Australian Capital Territory Government services:

  • Headspace Canberra [9am-5pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-7pm Tuesday, 11am-5pm Wednesday]: 02 5109 9700
  • Canberra Health Services Access Mental Health [24/7]: 1800 62 93 54 or 02 6205 1065
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service [24/7]: (02) 6280 0900

 

Victorian Government services:

 

Tasmanian Government services:

 

South Australian Government services:

  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line [8am-8pm]: 1800 63 27 53
  • Mental Health Emergency Triage Service [24/7]: 13 14 65
  • CAMHS Connect for children and young people [9am-5pm weekdays]: 1300 22 26 47 (1300 2 CAMHS)
  • ASKPEACE [9am-5pm weekdays]: (08) 8245 8110
    • Connecting people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to an interpreter
  • Thirrili – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [9am-5pm weekdays]: 1800 84 13 13
  • UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Resource Options and Support for Carers (ROSC) [9am-5pm weekdays]: (08) 8245 7196 or email customer@ucwb.org.au
  • Lived Experience Telephone Support Service [5pm-11.30pm 7days/week]: 1800 01 37 55
  • Regional Access [24/7]: 1300 03 21 86
  • Affordable SA [9.30am-8pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30am-4.30pm Friday]: 1800 02 55 39
  • Parent Helpline [7.15am-9.15pm, 7 days/week]: 1300 36 41 00

 

West Australian Government services:

 

Northern Territory Government services:

 

The Australian College of Audiology hope that these resources are helpful and useful to you during this unprecedented time. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe.

The Board and Secretariat.

The Australian College of Audiology.