Stay Connected - And Safe

March 18, 2020


Many of our clients, tenants and community members live alone. While social isolation measures must be observed at this time to keep everyone as safe as possible, we can still 'reach out' safely and look after each other.

CEO Maria Palumbo speaks to Five AA radio host Tony Pilkington about staying connected safely:

FiveAA Audio

Key tips for those who live alone/isolated:

  • Tap into your neighbourhood - having a chat outside, observing social distancing measures, is a safe and easy way to connect. What about grabbing your own cuppa and catching up over a fence?
  • Phone chats/text messaging/ email/FaceTime are all great ways to maintain contact and 'check in' with friends, relatives and others you know.
  • Look for options of digital versions of community events - more of these will emerge over the coming weeks.
  • Remind yourself this is unprecedented and different, but you are not alone.
  • Be kind - to yourself and each other.

Other support services:

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Lifeline 24/7 counselling service provides crisis and suicide prevention support through telephone and online counselling.

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

24/7 access to a trained mental health professional who will listen and provide information and advice. Online chat is available from 3pm - 12am 7 days a week - see website for details.

Mental Health Emergency - 13 14 65

For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the Mental Health Triage Service on 13 14 65 available 24/7 - Metropolitan and Country SA. This service is the main point of access for mental health services and is staffed by mental health clinicians. It will assess and refer to acute response teams where appropriate.

Parent Helpline - 1300 364 100

The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Parent Helpline provides 24/7 telephone information and support. It provides information about health, behaviour and relationships for parents and people working with children and young people.

eheadspace - 1800 650 890

eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people aged 12 - 25 years and their family can web chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.

  • Chat via the website, 7 days a week from 9am - 1am AEDST
  • Call 1800 650 890, 7 days a week from 9am - 1am AEDST
  • Email anytime via the website