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COVID-19 and Mental Health

1800 98 44 34 - A Tasmanian lifeline. Lifeline Tasmania has launched a dedicated phone service for any Tasmanian who may feel stressed about COVID-19, is anxious about the future, finding social isolation a challenge, or simply need a friendly and understanding voice to talk things over with for advice, information, comfort and reassurance. They can be reached now on 1800 98 44 34.

Beyond Blue - Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Regularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. And you can stay up-to-date by joining our email community.

Mental Health Council of Tasmania. Tips to help you reduce anxiety and stress, and maintain your mental health while dealing with COVID-19.

Lifeline - Mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Australian Psychological Society - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Australians

Tasmanian-Specific Services aims to provide a publicly accessible, independently managed database of Tasmania's social services.

It is for the use of the general public and to assist those working in and with the sector to access an up-to-date listing of available services.

Free Training

Connecting With People (CwP) The CwP training approach is designed to improve the response given to people in distress or at risk of suicide. CwP is informed by evidence-based principles, lived experience and clinical expertise and aims to increase the use of a compassionate approach, reduce stigma and enhance participants’ ability to compassionately respond to someone who has suicidal thoughts or following self-harm.

Question Persuade Refer (QPR) As part of the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial, Primary Health Tasmania has purchased licences for QPR Gatekeeper Training through the Black Dog Institute. QPR is an online education program that aims to teach people the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond following three steps: Question, Persuade and Refer.

National Suicide Prevention Directions

Living is For Everyone (LiFE) Communications: a National Suicide Prevention Strategy that aims to improve access to suicide and self-harm prevention activities in Australia through the promotion of the LIFE resources and website; and improve communication between suicide prevention stakeholders in Australia. This is achieved by providing access to a range of resources and research, including the latest information from National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) projects.

Suicide Prevention Australia: provides policy advice to governments, community awareness and public education, has increased involvement in research and a future role in leading Australia's engagement internationally. Suicide Prevention Australia supports communities and organisations throughout Australia, and promotes collaboration and partnerships in suicide and self harm prevention, intervention and postvention.

Everymind: a leading institute dedicated to the prevention of ill-health and suicide.

Communicating Safely

Conversations Matter: provides a range of practical resources for discussing suicide. Resources cover different types of conversations relevant for individuals, families and community groups.

RUOK?: Information and resources to help you have a conversation that could change a life.

#Chatsafe: A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide.

The Tasmanian Communications Charter: Tasmania is the first state to adopt the new National Communications Charter developed in partnership with Everymind and supported by the Tasmanian Government . The development and implementation of the Tasmanian Communications Charter forms part of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020.

For Support and Help After Suicide Death

Standby Response Service: A community based program that provides a 24 hour coordinated crisis response to assist families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide.

To contact the StandBy Response Service:

Phone 0400 183 490 for access 24/7. If you prefer to call a landline number please call (03) 6282 1532 (Monday to Friday)


Suicide Bereavement Group: A community initiative by Lifeline Tasmania and Albie House. The suicide bereavement group can help you with support, connections, and information following the loss of someone through suicide.

For Youth

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time. This site also includes information for parents and carers.

Reachout An online youth mental health service, where you can get the help you need, where and when you need it.

For Mental Illness

Beyondblue: increasing awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and reducing the associated stigma.
You can phone 1300 22 4636 or email or chat online.

SANE Australia

Call for mental illness advice and referrals, weekdays 9am–5pm AEST
Share online resources and information about mental illness

Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263)

Black Dog Institute: Share online resources about depression and bipolar disorder. Find out how to visit their clinics or take part in community education.

Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania promote and improve the wellbeing of families and friends of people affected by mental ill health through support and education. The provide systemic advocacy from a family and friends perspective drawing on lived experience to improve mental health services.

Contact them directly at or view their Facebook page here.

Tasmanian Publications