State Mental Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff is urging Tasmanians to seek support if the COVID-19 pandemic is causing them distress.
Himself a former Lifeline counsellor, Mr Rockliff, who is also the Deputy Premier, said it was "completely normal" for people to feel "anxious and uncertain" about the current crisis.
"COVID-19 is presenting challenges we've never had to deal with before," he said on Saturday.
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"As we socially distance ... we also must stay connected.
"Remember to ask [friends and family], 'Are you OK?'"
"We can do this if we all do this together, but, please, let's watch each other's backs."
The state government recently announced a $4 million investment into mental health as part of its overall Social and Economic Support Package.
The investment includes $875,000 to establish a dedicated 1800 number for Tasmanians to call for psychological support.
"My message to Tasmanians is support is there if you feel like you are alone and not coping," Mr Rockliff said. "A range of telephone and online supports are available."
"There are wonderful people at the end of these lines [to talk to you] about any concerns that you have.
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"Feeling concern in uncertain times is perfectly normal."
The minister also highlighted the importance of exercise, noting its mental health benefits as well as its positive impact on one's physical wellbeing.
If you're experiencing mental health problems, there are a number of support services you can call:
- Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14;
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36;
- MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78; and
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800.
You can also call Tasmania's Mental Health Services Helpline on 1800 332 388 if your mental health problems are significant. For emergency support, call 000.
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