Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

26 March 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Supporting the mental health of Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Government’s first priority is the safety and security of Tasmanians, that’s why today we’ve announced the largest Social and Economic support package in our state’s history.

This includes $4 million to support those experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of the challenges associated with coronavirus such as:

  • $875,000 to establish a dedicated 1800 phone number to allow the Tasmanian community to call in and receive psychosocial support, and provide a reach out service for older Tasmanians and industries significantly impacted;
  • $360,000 for increased capacity to provide mental health advice, support and referral for vulnerable Tasmanians living in rural areas;
  • $450,000 supporting providers to use technology to keep vulnerable Tasmanians connected;
  • $120,000 for targeted support for Tasmania’s migrant community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • $600,000 for increased capacity to provide mental health support for Tasmanians living in supported accommodation; and
  • $250,000 to adapt Tasmania’s pharmacotherapy program to the challenges of COVID-19.

It is completely normal for people to feel anxious and uncertain when there is an outbreak of an infectious disease like COVID-19, as it is having a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians.

That’s why staying mentally healthy and taking care of yourself and your family is so important.

This includes maintaining your normal daily routine as much as possible; talking to your family and friends; engaging in activities and hobbies that are safe and secure; and limiting alcohol.

Using trusted media outlets to get information can help you and your family manage emotional distress and help keep your spirits up.

If you notice a change in the way that you or others around you are thinking and feeling, or you feel that you are not coping, then it is important to talk to a health professional.

You can access a range of telephone and online based supports through:

  • Beyond Blue, 1300 22 46 36
  • Lifeline Australia, 13 11 14
  • Mens Line Australia, 1300 78 99 78
  • Kids Helpline, 1800 551 800

Tasmanians experiencing significant mental health problems can contact the Mental Health Services Helpline on 1800 332 388 for more immediate support, and in an emergency call 000.

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