COVID-19: Mental health and wellbeing
Travel can be stressful at the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that many Australians overseas are facing unprecedented stress and uncertainty that can take a toll on your mental health and wellbeing.
Taking care of your mental health is important, but it can be hard to know where to go for support if you’re overseas. Many Australian mental health counselling hotlines and chat services are not available to Australians overseas
This page compiles a range of mental health and wellbeing resources that are available to Australians overseas. The list is not exhaustive. More services can be found on the Head to Health website (Department of Health), but we cannot guarantee that services listed there will be available internationally.
Read on to learn about:
- What to do if you need support urgently
- Advice for Australians overseas
- Coping with stress and uncertainty
- Taking care of your wellbeing during isolation
- Mental health management apps and tools
What to do if you need support urgently
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of someone you know, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Advice for Australians overseas
BeyondBlue have advice specifically for Australians who are overseas, or who have family overseas.
- Wellbeing advice for Australians overseas (BeyondBlue)
- Australians overseas: looking after your mental health (BeyondBlue)
- How to support overseas friends and family dealing with COVID (BeyondBlue)
Coping with stress and uncertainty
Stress and uncertainty can be hard to deal with, particularly if it’s caused by a situation that feels indefinite or is rapidly changing. The following resources can help you manage the emotional impact of ongoing stress and uncertainty.
- Coping with uncertainty (MindSpot)
- Dealing with stress (MindSpot)
- Tips to manage stress anxiety during times of uncertainty (Blackdog Institute)
- How to deal with uncertainty during COVID (ReachOut Australia)
- Financial stress and your health (HealthDirect)
Taking care of your wellbeing during isolation
Lockdowns, home isolation and quarantine can put a strain on your mental and physical wellbeing. The following resources provide advice on how to take care of your wellbeing while going through physical isolation.
- Your weekly personal mental health check-in during COVID-19 (BlackDog Institute)
- Coping with isolation and being at home (BeyondBlue)
- COVID-19 and families: self-isolation tips (Raising Children Network)
- Managing lockdown fatigue (Australian Psychological Society)
Mental health and wellbeing tools and apps
There is a variety of online tools and apps available to support your mental health.
The BlackDog Institute provide a free online self-help program for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. The program is called MyCompass and is available on all devices.
The following websites have a range of other suggested apps and tools:
- The eMental Health in Practice mental health directory (Department of Health)
- Self-help resources – apps (Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health)
- Digital tools and apps (BlackDog Institute)
- Tools and apps for teens and young adults (ReachOut Australia)
- Read our advice on medical assistance overseas, including mental health support
- Read about what to do when you’re trying to get home
- Learn about registering with DFAT
- Find information on DFAT facilitated commercial flights
- Read about what financial assistance may be available if you’re trying to get home