Mental health support available in Port Stephens amid COVID-19

People from Port Stephens experiencing mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic have been provided a number of support options across the board.

SUPPORT: Lifeline: Telephone 13 11 14 (24 hours); Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14

SUPPORT: Lifeline: Telephone 13 11 14 (24 hours); Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14

It was announced this week that parents, carers and community members supporting young people experiencing mental health challenges can register to attend a free mental health workshop hosted by headspace, thanks to a $1.2 million investment by the state government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the workshops would help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges facing young people and how to access appropriate support.

"This is about improving mental health literacy in the community in areas such as recognising danger signs, learning shareable coping skills and accessing local support services."

Meanwhile, Lifeline Hunter Central Coast is urging local people not to suffer in silence if the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are weighing on their mental health.

Regional manager, Julie Wicks, said Lifeline was available for everyone, 24/7. "Extended lockdowns and restrictions mean people are feeling more anxious, more isolated or lonely, or struggling with consequent business and job impacts. Lifeline is continuing to receive a 25 per cent increase in calls since the surge in new COVID-19 cases began this July."

Lifeline: Telephone 13 11 14 (24 hours); Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm - midnight); chat online: www.lifeline.org.au (7pm - midnight); and counselling bookings: 1300 152 854.

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