Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Grief and bereavement
Many senior Australians may be experiencing grief, loss or bereavement because of COVID-19 impacts.
It’s ok to seek help, grief, loss and bereavement support services are available. Connect and call 1800 222 200 for phone counselling, visit www.aged.grief.org.au for resources or to find a bereavement practitioner. Download the ‘My Grief’ app for advice on supporting a loved one.
Dementia Support Australia
Dementia behaviour support
Aged care residents living with dementia may have changed behaviours because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Specialised engagement consultants, clinical support, plans and strategies, advice and information services are available 24 hours a day across Australia.
Need help managing changed behaviours? Call 1800 699 799 or visit www.dementia.com.au.
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
Advice and advocacy
OPAN is independent of the government and aged care providers. The network provides free and confidential aged care advocacy, COVID-19 advice and referral services. Connect on 1800 700 600 or visit www.opan.com.au for free and confidential advocacy and advice
COVID-19 may have exposed old or new emotional trauma. While some people recover, others may develop mental health problems and need help.
Phoenix Australia offers information and tools to support those affected by traumatic experiences, and for those who care for them. Resources include information on trauma and grief for older people, their families and carers. Fact sheets, webinars and training is also available for the aged care workforce and managers.
Need help? Seek it: www.phoenixaustralia.org/aged-care
Veterans and families counselling
Open Arms provide mental health and wellbeing support for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. You can contact them anytime for crisis support - they are available 24 hours a day.
Call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 or visit: www.openarms.gov.au
Relationship advice for men
MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
If you need support call their counselling team on 1300 78 99 78 or visit: www.mensline.org.au
Kids Helpline contact
Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.
If you do need help, call 1800 55 1800 or visit: www.kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service
Beyond Blue are providing information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hotline 1800 55 1800 or visit: www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Crisis support services
Contact Lifeline for support if you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.
Lifeline 24-hour crisis line 131 114 or visit their website www.lifeline.org.au