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COVID-19: If you’re affected by complex mental health issues, we’re here for you.

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In this time of uncertainty, people are sharing feelings of deep distress, anxiety and isolation with our SANE Help Centre counsellors. That's why we're asking you to support us with a tax deductible donation before June 30. If you can, please donate towards the cost of a counselling call for someone who needs it.

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Through COVID-19 the SANE Help Centre is here for you. We’re fully operational across all channels – phone, webchat and email – any time Monday to Friday, 10AM – 10PM AEDT.
Speak with one of our counsellors. We’re here to listen and to keep you connected.

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Physical and psychological impacts of imposed quarantine, self-isolation, physical distancing and separation from loved ones can exacerbate or trigger the symptoms of mental health issues. Now more than ever, it’s important to care for ourselves and others.

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People living with complex mental health issues are at increased risk of even poorer health and social outcomes during the COVID-19 situation. They require appropriate support.

However, many also have well-developed skills and insights into managing isolation and uncertainty. Their experience is essential to formulating a response to the pandemic. 

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For people with a history of trauma, the world can feel like an unsafe place. As bushfires burn across Australia, these feelings can intensify. SANE Australia is committed to supporting people navigate the lasting impacts of the bushfire crisis and other traumatic events.

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We're so glad you found us

We offer services to help support all Australians affected by complex mental health issues. Whatever your age, ethnicity, faith, disability, sexuality, or gender identity, we have something for you.

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SANE does not provide a crisis counselling service. If you’re feeling distressed and need help now, contact:

SPOTLIGHT ON …

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SANE Help Centre

It's a really difficult time right now. If you're worried about your mental health (or someone else's) our qualified mental health professionals can provide you with support, information and ideas about what to do next. We’re still operational weekdays 10am to 10pm AEST, and you can reach us by phone, webchat and email.

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SANE Forums

Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social distancing. The SANE Forums are full of people like you, who want to talk to you and offer support. We care about what’s going on for you - because between us all, we’ve been through a lot. Connecting with others is more important now than ever.

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Donate to the SANE Help Centre

Can you donate towards the cost of a counselling call for someone who needs it? Our SANE Help Centre counsellors are working hard to support those impacted by COVID-19. If you can, please help us continue to assist people during this difficult time. 

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Position statement: the impact of Covid-19

People living with complex mental health issues are at increased risk of even poorer health and social outcomes during the COVID-19 situation. They require appropriate support.

However, many also have well-developed skills and insights into managing isolation and uncertainty. Their experience is essential to formulating a response to the pandemic. 

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You and COVID-19: Complex mental health issues in a pandemic

Physical and psychological impacts of imposed quarantine, self-isolation, physical distancing and separation from loved ones can exacerbate or trigger the symptoms of mental health issues. Now more than ever, it’s important to care for ourselves and others.

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National Stigma Report Card

Coming later in 2020: A National Stigma Report Card will be created from the Our Turn to Speak survey of people affected by complex mental health issues, researching their experiences of stigma and discrimination. 

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