We understand that this is an uncertain time for everyone. With social distancing, quarantine, self-isolation and ever-changing lockdown rules, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed right now.
At Slater and Gordon, we recognise that the impacts of COVID-19 will be far-reaching, both in the short and long term, but as always, we are committed to helping you navigate through them. Our commitment to guide you through the legal process remains unchanged, as is our dedication to your overall health and wellbeing. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of helpful resources that may aid you during this time.
Staying informed is important, however, it is also important for your mental health to take a break from information overload. When you need information, only use trusted sources, some of which are below:
Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19) - as well as information and resources, there is a 24 hour health advice line: 1800 022 022.
There is a range of free practical, financial and emotional support available to the community and you should not hesitate to reach out to them for assistance if you need it.
Department of Social Services - The Federal Government is providing a range of assistance to people who are specifically impacted by COVID-19. Some of this is available through the Department of Social Services
AskIzzy - There are a very wide range of community organisations that provide assistance in your local area. This search engine provides a gateway to helpful information; including where you can find assistance with food, housing, and other crisis support in your local area
1800RESPECT - If anyone experiences domestic violence, family violence or sexual assault 1800 RESPECT can be accessed 24/7 across Australia: 1800 737 732
If you have had a sudden change to your financial situation or you are experiencing financial hardship, the National Debt Helpline has very useful information on their website and can also provide telephone based financial counsellors for free advice across Australia: 1800 007 007; ndh.org.au
Uncertainty and stress in current times can impact your mental health. That’s why it is important to reach out if you need assistance. Here are some services that can provide support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 - Lifeline provides free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service across Australia, 7 days per week.
BeyondBlue 1300 224 636 - BeyondBlue provides free calls and chats, one-on-one with a trained mental health professional for crisis support and counselling. Calls are available 24-hours, 7 days per week. The online chat service is available 3pm – 12 am, 7 days per week.
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 - MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns. The service is provided by qualified counsellors and is available 24/7.
Headspace 1800 650 890 -Headspace provides mental health support for people aged 12 to 25 years and also information and services to family and carers to support a young person going through a difficult time. The telephone and online support services are staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals.
Slater and Gordon Social Work Service
Our free social work service continues to be available to existing clients on referral from their legal team. If you would like to speak to a Slater and Gordon social worker, please ask your lawyer to make a referral to our service. A social worker will then call you directly.