Mental health support - COVID-19

It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing, such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This can affect people through isolation from loved ones and usual supports, changes to normal daily routines, changes to or loss of work, difficult financial situations, as well as anxiety about becoming unwell.

To support the mental health of South Australians during this time we have established a Virtual Support Network of services based locally in South Australia.

This page provides information about the Virtual Support Network services and other resources for mental health support during this challenging time.

COVID-19 Virtual Support Network

Through our Virtual Support Network all South Australians can access the help they need when they need it through our network of specialist services:

  • ASKPEACE for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community (08) 8245 8110 - available 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Thirrili for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community 1800 841 313 - available 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Carers SA 1800 422 737 - available 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Affordable SA 1800 025 539 - available 9.30am to 8.00pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 4.00pm Friday’s (except public holidays).
  • GriefLink website

For more information about these services see the COVID-19 Virtual Support Network page.

Virtual Support Network Extension

On 31 May 2020, an extension to the Virtual Support Network was announced.

This will enable the Virtual Support Network to continue until 30 September 2020. Services will be shaped to meet evolving needs; however, the Network will continue to provide a range of support to the general community and to specific groups.

There are eight strategies that comprise the extension:

  • Supporting existing Virtual Support Network programs
  • Expanding the existing stage one initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Support for virtual therapy services to people of all ages who experience a severe mental illness
  • Support for people with psychosocial disability who receive NGO support services
  • Initiatives for children and youth, and for people in residential aged care
  • Initiatives in forensic mental health
  • Additional Drug and Alcohol services
  • Increased services for frontline SA Public Sector employees.

COVID-19 mental health fact sheets

Information for the community

For information on coping and mental health support, including other telephone and online services, see our Mental Health COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Information for the community (PDF 288KB).

Pregnancy and new parenthood

For information on mental health support after the birth of your baby, including telephone and online services, see our COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Mental health in pregnancy and new parenthood (PDF 292KB).

Postnatal mental health

For information on coping and looking after your mental health and wellbeing after the birth of your baby, including telephone and other services, see our COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Postnatal mental health (PDF 296KB).

Open Your World Website

The Open Your World website provides South Australians with valuable resources, tools and information to support improving wellbeing by staying healthy, active and connected.

Open Your World brings together information from a wide range of government agencies and non-government organisations in one place, providing an interactive and accessible one-stop-shop for information about wellbeing. For more information, see the Open Your World website.

Mental Health Emergency Triage Service

For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service -
telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week.