As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, please know my office is here to help.
Since restrictions were introduced hundreds of people have emailed or called for assistance. If I haven’t gotten back to you soon enough or if there hasn’t been an answer to your question - I’m sorry and we’ll keep trying.
We’re in this together. Across Australia 800,000 people lost their jobs in the first three weeks of restrictions and Centrelink has processed around 700,000 JobSeeker claims.
In my former role, as a specialist mental health pharmacist at Wyong Hospital, I saw what happens to at-risk people in crisis. I saw otherwise healthy individuals deteriorate rapidly as a direct result of unemployment, housing stress and debt.
In March, Lifeline answered almost 90,000 calls for help, this equates to one call every 30 seconds, the highest call frequency in Lifelines 57 year history.
Beyond Blue has seen record demand with a 30 per cent spike in contacts to their Support Service in the last two weeks of March. Their “Coping during the coronavirus outbreak” discussion forum is averaging 2000 views each day.
This eNewsletter is focused on practical assistance for those facing financial hardship including mental health support.
I hope it’s of help to some people.