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Mental health challenges during lockdown

Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford is encouraging the community to reach out for help and contact Lifeline if they are experiencing any mental health challenges during lockdown.

28 July 2021

 

DURING the recent COVID-19 lockdown period there has been a 25 per cent increase in calls to Lifeline, with the number only expected to grow more.

 

Ms Tesch says it is okay to reach out for help.

 

“I know the lockdown is causing so much grief in our community and I, along with Lifeline, want the community to know help is available if you need it,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“Unfortunately at the moment, while we can continue to think positively, there is so much pressure on the minds of many in our community.

 

“Financial anxiety is at a high, physical health certainty is at a low, we cannot do the things we want to do and we cannot connect with our nearest and dearest during isolation, which is when we need them most.

 

“I want to assure you all that is okay to not be okay and to contact someone for help.”

 

Ms Tesch is also encouraging businesses and individuals currently out of work to make the best of the situation and seek training so they can help the community through the challenges.

 

“Now is the time to up our skills and during the pandemic one of the most prevalent and unfortunately rising issues is mental health support,” Ms Tesch said.

 

“As we work our way to lower case numbers and out of lockdown, it is so important we know the signs of someone in need and the way to approach those who are struggling inside.

 

“Whether you’re in the hairdressing profession, which is known for listening and providing advice to so many people, or whether you are in the construction industry, where men are 53 per cent more likely to die by taking their own life in comparison to other industries, now is the time to learn how to approach and deal with our own, or other peoples mental health struggles.”

 

Regional General Manager of Lifeline Hunter Central Coast, Julie Wicks is also encouraging people to advance their mental health knowledge.

 

“Training in self-care and in having the skills to identify and help someone in crisis, or approaching crisis point, makes for a mentally healthier and more productive workplace,” said Ms Wicks.

 

“We can all get through this if we are kind to each other and look out for each other.

 

“Being a volunteer also really helps put your own life into perspective and I encourage people to become involved in Lifeline services.”

 

If you need help Lifeline is here to listen 24/7. Call 13 11 14 at any time, text 0477 13 11 14 (available 6pm – midnight) or make contact via online chat by visiting www.lifeline.org.au (7pm – midnight).

 

For information on mental health workplace training go to www.lifeline.org.au/get-involved/workplace-training/.

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