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) pandemic.
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 Mental Health Support Network of services based locally in SA. This page provides information about the services and other resources for mental health support during this challenging time.
If you are in self-isolation or quarantine, see the Mental Health information for people in home isolation fact sheet (PDF 325KB) for information and support services.
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Network
Through our Mental Health Support Network all South Australians can access the help they need when they need it through our network of specialist services.
For urgent or acute mental health concerns, contact:
Other services include:
- ASKPEACE for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
- Thirrili for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Support for Carers - Uniting Care Wesley Bowden
- Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS)
- Affordable SA
- Growing Resilience
Mental Health Support Children:
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 (including public holidays).
SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
The SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is operated by Uniting Communities mental health counsellors, who can:
- provide counselling over the phone or via video calls or online chat
- arrange referrals to a range of services
- call you back if you leave a message
- provide follow up calls to check in on you or someone else (with the person’s consent).
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a specialist mental health service offered by the Women's and Children's Health Network that provides services for children and young people (up to the age of 16, and in some regions up to the age of 18).
CAMHS Connect is a referral triage service and can receive enquiries from young people, parents and carers, GPs, Paediatricians, public sector and private providers, school staff, or any other person regarding referral into CAMHS. They will assist with making an appointment at the most convenient location.
ASKPEACE for CALD communities
Closed 24 December to 3 January
Call (08) 8245 8110
Available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
ASKPEACE is available to provide mental health support to people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in South Australia who have been impacted by COVID-19.
ASKPEACE can arrange an interpreter to help understand your issues and concerns. Phone appointments can be booked outside of business hours to best suit your needs.
- Accept self-referrals and referrals from other government, non-government and community-based services
- Provide therapeutic work, case work, information, advocacy and referral services
- Are all senior practitioners who come from diverse backgrounds
- Speak many languages other than English and have access to certified interpreters
- Provide cultural consultancy support for service providers to assist in meeting the needs of the individual clients and their families
- Provide and/or support community education initiatives.
For more information, or to access a referral form, see the ASKPEACE website.
Thirrili for aboriginal and torres strait islander communities
Call 1800 841 313
Available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (including public holidays)
Thirrili’s COVID-19 service is available to provide guidance and support for South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access mental health and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about Thirrili services, see the Thirrili website.
Support for carers - UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Resource Options and Support for Carers (ROSC)
UnitingCare Wesley Bowden provides support for carers (14 years and up) who are caring for an adult with a mental illness.
Carer Coordinators work closely with carers to discuss their specific needs and requirements and to develop an individual carer support plan. A Young Carers Coordinator works with carers aged 14 to 25 years. Support may include:
- Short term case management
- Information about mental illness
- Assistance with accessing services to support the person they are caring for, including support with NDIS applications
- Coordination and negotiation of services on their behalf
- Peer support groups
- Assistance to maintain their health, wellbeing and self-care (group and individual support)
- Direct referral to other carer support services.
Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS)
The Lived Experience Telephone Support Service is operated by Skylight Mental Health. This service is available to all South Australians including people with mental health issues as well as their carers, family and friends, and is designed to provide information on mental health topics, navigation on the mental health system in Adelaide and real-time support. The trained Peer Workers, who callers will chat to, have a personal lived experience of recovery and managing challenges to their mental health or caring for someone with mental health challenges.
Regional Access provides free professional telephone and online counselling 24/7 for people 15 years and older living or working in regional South Australia
Call 1800 025 539
Available 9.30 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Friday (except public holidays).
Affordable SA is operated by Salvation Army and can provide financial counselling, mental health support and material assistance. Financial counsellors can provide comprehensive financial counselling without the need for face to face meetings. In addition, a team of caseworkers are available to provide mental health support over the phone or via webinar. Caseworkers provide wrap-around support and have access to a range of psychologists who can also provide support to clients via phone or video calls. For more information about Affordable SA services, see the Affordable SA website.
“Do you ever find yourself facing a new situation where you’re stressed, unsure what to do, or feel it’s really affecting your mental well-being? Well, you’re not alone. GROW’s fantastic community is here to help you cope, recover and increase your mental resilience.”
“Growing Resilience is our free online program for people who are experiencing mental ill-health brought on by life events – in particular the COVID-19 pandemic and the social, emotional and financial hardships associated with it.”
“The program is run over six one-hour Zoom sessions, facilitated by one of our experienced program workers. Participants are encouraged to share their stories and challenges in a supportive and structured peer-to-peer format that is safe, caring and confidential.”
“If you’re interested, or have any questions, just share a few details here and one of the GROW team will be in touch. Together we’ll help you grow!”
David Butt, CEO of GROW
Call 1300 364 100
Available 7 days per week. Calls received between 7.15 am - 9.15 pm will be answered by local Parent Helpline staff; calls received outside these hours will be automatically redirected to the national healthdirect helpline. The service is also available on public holidays.
The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Parent Helpline provides telephone information and support for parents of children under the age of 12. The service is available at any time 7 days a week.
Kids Helpline offers free online and phone counselling support 24/7 to children and young people aged 5 - 25 years of age.
Headspace provides a range of mental health services for young people aged between 12 and 25, including face to face, online and telephone support.
Visit headspace.org.au/ to find a centre near you.
Other COVID-19 mental health resources
Community Fact Sheet
See the Mental Health COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Information for the community (PDF 288KB).
for information and support on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 for the South Australian community.
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.
Beyond Blue have developed information for managing your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in languages other than English.
The Australian Government Department of Health has developed information and resources to support people from diverse backgrounds who might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or just not like themselves.
- How are you feeling today?
- Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
- Where to go for help and support
- Caring for your mental wellbeing
- Help for finances and mental health
- Help when you need it – supporting your mental health
- Older persons COVID-19 support line
- Digital and telephone support for mental health during COVID-19
Visit Head to Health for further information and resources in languages other than English.