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Please reach out for mental health care

Adam McLean of Maranguka Wellness Connect encourages people to reach out to the many support services that are available. PHOTO TWH

Community health leaders are urging people who may be feeling stressed or anxious about the threat of COVID to reach out to mental health organisations.

Adam McLean, Director Wellness Connect at Maranguka Community Hub, said there were several organisations that can help anyone needing support, including a specific COVID support service.

“It is important that people know they are not on their own, and that they can reach out for help,” he said.

“We encourage people to connect to others in their community, and if they are feeling distressed to call any of the organisations available to support them.”

Mr McLean said there were a range of services, including one set up to deal with the COVID mental health fallout.

The services are the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service on 1800 512 348, the Lifeline 24 hour crisis line on 131114, the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, the Suicide Call Back service on 1300 659 467, and the NSW Health mental health line on 1800 011 511.

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