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  • Disability Royal Commission public hearing about the coronavirus

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    The Disability Royal Commission has announced a public hearing for people to talk about their experiences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Commission wants to hear from people with disability, peak advocacy groups, public health and disability experts, as well as government representatives. The public hearing will look at whether governments around Australia were prepared […]

  • Bullying, abuse, domestic and family violence – how and where to get help

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been asked to stay at home to keep safe. Unfortunately, this means that people with disability could be more vulnerable than ever to violence, bullying and abuse. IDEAS has put together a list of organisations you can call for help, apps to support you and web resources to […]

  • Looking after your mental health during coronavirus

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    The impacts of coronavirus, physical distancing and isolation has made many of us feel stressed, anxious and worried. It’s important to make sure you take care of your mental health during this time. We have put together a list of supports and services you can contact for help. Lifeline Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and […]

  • Head to Health – Mental health and COVID-19

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Head to Health is a collaboration between the community, people with lived experience, the mental health sector, and the Australian Government Department of Health. You can find a range of resources on the Head to Health website about Mental health and COVID-19, including advice and tips for maintaining good mental health during this time and […]

  • Red Cross COVID Connect

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross. It provides support to anyone who is feeling socially isolated during coronavirus. If you aren’t in regular contact with others, a Red Cross volunteer can call you for a friendly chat. You can ask for just one call or regular calls to help you feel […]

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service from Beyond Blue

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Beyond Blue is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes good mental health, aiming to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. Beyond Blue has set up the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. You can call 1800 512 348 to speak to one of their counsellors, 24 hours a day, […]

  • Resources from MindSpot to support your mental wellbeing

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    MindSpot is a free service for Australian adults who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression and low mood. They are funded by the Australian Government. You can call them on 1800 61 44 34  between 8am to 8pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm (Sydney time), Saturday. You can also find Coronavirus […]

  • Kids Helpline

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5–25. There are different ways to contact the Helpline for support. You can: call them on 1800 551 800 email them at use WebChat. Right now, you can also find a guide to support you […]

  • Lifeline

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services for people around Australia. There are different ways to contact Lifeline for support. You can: call them on 13 11 14 text them on 0477 131 114 between 6pm and midnight, 7 days a week use their online Crisis Support Chat between 7pm and midnight, 7 […]

  • Easy English resources from the eSafety Commissioner

    Tuesday June 9 2020

    The eSafety Commissioner has released new Easy English resources about technological abuse. The resources aim to support women with different levels of literacy, including women with intellectual disability. There are three Easy English resources: Being safe online explains how to stay safe online, how to protect your privacy, making friends online and how to get […]