Member for Manly James Griffin has urged Northern Beaches residents in need of mental health support to seek help from a number of free, confidential and easy to access services.
Mr Griffin said that mental health programs and services are available both for young people and the wider community, and encouraged anyone needing assistance to reach out now.
“It is vitally important that mental health is in focus right now, and we need to talk about it. But we need to talk about it in the right way.
“Particularly as we enter a stressful time for our school students, every teenager should know where and how they can access free mental health services,” Mr Griffin said.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said that there were services and programs with a focus on vulnerable populations such as young people which she encouraged those in the community to access whenever they need support.
“Mental health support is available. We do not want our young people or anyone else to think they won’t get the help they need if they ask for it.
“There are specialist counsellors in schools and resources available for teachers and families. There are specialist community youth services and Headspace. No young person has to feel like they have nowhere to turn when they are really struggling,” Mrs Taylor said.
The NSW Government has invested $80m in mental health programs in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.
Health NSW has prepared three useful fact sheets that provide links to mental health services, support and resources around the state.
- Emergency help lines (PDF)
- Resources for young people (PDF)
- Support for Parents, teachers and carers (PDF)
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511