COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MHCC knows these are uncertain and difficult times as we all wrestle with the impact of coronavirus. Mental health organisations support people in distress every day, and during times such as this, there are additional anxieties and pressures experienced by staff, colleagues and consumers. Now more than ever we need to support each other and work with government and other agencies to get through this pandemic.  We will continue to keep members up-to-date through our weekly e-newsletter, this website and updates as required. Things are changing rapidly, so keep in touch with authoritative websites that have accurate and up to date information, see the links below. Psychological distress increases in times like these, so looking after your own mental health is important and  there are also some links to helpful websites.

Please do not hesitate to contact MHCC about any issues or concerns or if you require further advice or information on askus@mhcc.org.au


* NEW THIS WEEK*

COVID-19 Community Sector Resources: NCOSS and WayAhead
eSafety Advice for Frontline Workers Supporting Women
COVID-19 Resources for People with Disability and Providers – Department of Health resources:
 – Information for Disability Support Providers and Workers
 – A Guide for Home Care Providers
 – COVID-19 Testing factsheets
 – PPE

Further information on COVID-19

NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Australian Government
NDIS Website Coronavirus information
NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission
NSW Health
National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
COVID-19 Disability Information Helpline : 1800 643 787
COVID NDIS Advice for People with Disability
COVID Advice for People with Disability

Resources for organisations

NSW Health: Information for NSW Health funded NGOs
NCOSS resources to support continuity of service
ACOSS resiliance toolkit
Mental Health Online – a practical Guide to Video Mental Health Consultation
ASIC virtual AGM guidelines
Guidance for Disability Support Workers from NSW Health

Mental health support 

NSW Mental Health Commission information hub
Wayahead
Mental Health Australia
Lifeline Phone: 13 11 14
Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
World Health Organization (WHO)
Being
Australian Psychological Society
Beyond Blue
eMHprac factsheet on government-funded online, phone and app mental health support
Blue Knot
Mental Health Carers NSW
Grow Online Mental Health Groups
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Line: 1800 512 348
Staying Home with Bipolar Booklet
COVID CONNECT: 1800 733 276 – a free service from Australian Red Cross to support people feeling socially isolated

Community support

#ViralKindness is a hub for the community care groups
#InThisTogether – National Mental Health Commission and leading organisations offer practical tips to support mental health.
eFriend Online Peer Support by Independent Community Living Australia

Scam warnings

ACCC

Indigenous communities resources

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW
Imagination TV – Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience offer kids at home mentors to Make Sense of Today & Imagine Tomorrow.

Older Australians

Fact sheet by health.gov.au
Seniors COVID-19 Support Line:  1800 171 866 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm

Resources in community languages

NSW Health
Community & Cultural Connections Vietnamese & Arabic

Resources for children and families

UNICEF
Emerging Minds 
Centre for Disease Control & Prevention 
Queensland Health
Helping Minds
Gidget Foundation for new and expecting parents

Resources for young people

Headspace
Reach Out

LGBTBIQ+ Resources

LGBTI COVID-19 Resource
ACON COVID-19 & LGBTQ Online Forum

Fair work info

Fairwork Ombudsman

Info on stimulus measures

ATO

Financial assistance

Debt Helpline – Info on emergency relief, Centrelink support, rent or mortgage, superannuation and more
National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007
NFP and Small Business Grants NSW
COVID-19 Research Grants

AOD

NADA – AOD resources for organisations during the pandemic

Legal help

Justice Connect – guidance on issues raised by the coronavirus, including employment, contracts and insurance
Temporary Visa Information – factsheet by the Refugee Council

 

*Find MHCC’s COVID-19 news updates on our News page*