Virus triggers mental health needs

As Australians seek help during a coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services has increased, and Lifeline plans to increase exposure by 25% in the coming weeks and months.

Kids Helpline recorded an additional 1519 calls compared to the previous two weeks. Webchat and email contact attempts were made in the past two weeks, of which 461 mentioned COVID-19.

At the same time, a Beyond Blue online discussion forum on coping with the coronavirus has received increasing attention, including 21,000 views as of Wednesday, and calls and emails about the virus are also increasing.

One year after the busy start of the Australian mental health service industry, Lifeline records that contacts have continued to grow by 10% to 15% due to the summer vacation

Compared with the same period last year, the child helpline was in December 2019 Between 1 March and 25 March 2020, 3,855 contact attempts were received. [196590] 03] Tony Fitzgerald, your virtual service manager, speaks on behalf of Kids Helpline, saying that people are very helpful.

"It's easy for all of us to flinch and worry about what happens, but actually talking to other people, whether it's parents, or jumping on the net and chatting with friends … it really helps to talk about how I feel." He was at Tell AAP on Thursday.

"Sharing the value and value of experience trying to put things into context and chatting with others is so important right now."

Friday's Lifeline welcomes the NSW Government for an additional $ 6 million in funding, saying it was in crucial moment.

"It is vital that we ensure that our services have the resources we need to respond effectively to Australians who need us," Lifeline Chairman John Brogden said in a statement.

"Just last week, the number of callers who contacted Lifeline wanted to talk about concerns about COVID-19 had increased from 23% to 39%.

" As Australians struggle to deal with the impact of COVID-19 We hope that this situation will continue to increase.

Mr Brogden calls on the community to support

"People should never underestimate the power they have to play an active role," he said.

"Please find creative ways to use technology to get around the barriers to connection and connect with you Feeling difficult to reach.

Lifeline 13 11 14

beyondblue 1300 22 4636

Child Helpine 1800 55 1800

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