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Mental Health

Maintaining Good Mental Health

Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Key things that we know help include:

  • Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).
  • Stay active—create an exercise routine that can be completed at home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress.
  • Eat well—plan and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
  • Stay connected with friends and family via phone, chat, email, or video conferencing.

Stay informed

Getting information from trusted sources can help you determine reasonable precautions to take to maintain your health.
  • Download the Australian Government COVID-19 phone app.

Stay positive

  • This is unpleasant, but it will pass.
  • What you say to yourself is important. Listen to the things you are saying to yourself and change negative comments to be more helpful and realistic.

Access Support

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support.

Need Help?

Head to Health 
If you’re trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options

Crisis Support Services - 1800 864 846
If you or others are facing an immediate threat or need urgent medical care, call 000 for police, ambulance, and fire and rescue services.

Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511
This line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be able to speak with a clinician who can provide recommendations about how to manage the situation or put you in contact with the appropriate mental health team.

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
The Suicide Call Back Service provides free professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide. Support available 24/7.

Lifeline - 13 11 14
24/7 telephone crisis support service. Online crisis support also available.

Kids Help Line - 1800 551 800
Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia.


Local Mental Health Services

St George Mental Health Services  
Acute Adult Inpatient Mental Health Service 11 South St Kogarah NSW 2217 (02) 9113 1419
Acute Care Team (ACT) St George Community Mental Health Centre (02) 9553 2500
Adult Community Mental Health Service St George Community Mental Health Centre (02) 9553 2500
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) St George Hospital (02) 8198 7300
Co-location Employment Program St George Mental Health Service (02) 9553 2500
Older Persons Community Mental Health Service St George Hospital (02) 9113 2035
Older Persons Inpatient Mental Health Service St George Hospital (02) 9113 4859
(02) 9113 4860
Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) St George Hospital (02) 9113 1419
Youth Mental Health & Early Psychosis Program St George Hospital (02) 8198 7300

For more Helplines and Information see Emergency Contacts.


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