NCPHN announced $100,000 in emergency relief funding.
This package includes a 1300 Mental Health Flood Support Line which launched on Monday 10 April:
- Access to free mental health services
- No referral needed
- In-person and telephone counselling available
- Centralised number to connect you to the right care: 1300 137 934
“Being able to use existing health infrastructure, and our strong relationships with the NNSW LHD, has helped us to respond quickly. The effects of this tragedy are being felt now across our region, and will be felt for many months to come,” said Dr Vahid Saberi, NCPHN Chief Executive. “Our focus is on making sure services can respond quickly to meet immediate needs of the community.”
Existing psychological counselling services have been mobilised through the NCPHN Healthy Minds program. Experienced practitioners registered with this program are making themselves available for this increased community need.
Wayne Jones, NNSW LHD Chief Executive said, “We appreciate that the full effects of this traumatic event may not be felt for some time, and people should not hesitate to seek out assistance through these avenues both now and into the future. Help is available and we encourage people to use these services.”
From Monday 10 April, anyone seeking mental health support is urged to phone 1300 137 934 between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday. People calling this number will be quickly directed to the most appropriate service to meet their individual needs.
Outside of these times, people should call one of the existing support lines below:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Mental Health Access Line: 1800 011 511
beyondblue Support Service: 1300 224 636
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
To access a PDF flyer about the Mental Health Flood Support Line click here.