Free mental health service now open in Hurstville

Banks MP David Coleman. Picture: Supplied
Banks MP David Coleman. Picture: Supplied

Mental health is one of the main concerns about the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new pop-up mental health clinic has been established in Hurstville to provide additional mental health support for residents through COVID-19 restrictions.

The new clinic has been funded by the Federal Government and offers video and telephone support from a team of mental health professionals including psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, mental health occupational therapists and peer workers.

COVID-safe face-to-face support will also be offered where recommended by a clinician.

Assistant minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention David Coleman said the new Hurstville clinic provided another way for people to reach out for support when they need it.

"It's OK not to feel OK. The current loss of freedom, lack of personal contact, and work-related issues are causing major distress for many people," the Banks MP said.

"We know that services like Lifeline and Kids Helpline have reported an increase in calls during the pandemic from those seeking support.

"I urge anyone who is feeling distressed to reach out for support by calling the clinic on 1800 595 212 or any of the other mental health services available."

The new Hurstville service is free of charge. People seeking support can call the clinic on 1800 595 212 and speak to a mental health professional who will direct them to the most appropriate care according to their individual needs.

The Hurstville clinic is one of ten new clinics opening in NSW which will remain open until June 2022.

The Federal Government committed $10.6 million to this initiative.

People looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can also access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service anytime via 1800 512 348 or coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).