Checking in on our loved ones as we reopen our borders

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

I appreciate that some people may be feeling anxious about the opening of our borders on Wednesday, and that’s understandable.

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges we have never had to deal with before, it could be quite common that some people may be worried or concerned as we move forward.

While Tasmanians have demonstrated incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an important and timely reminder for people to take the time to look after their wellbeing.

I encourage all Tasmanians to reach out to family, friends, and neighbours, and make sure they are there for others they care about.

It is important to understand the things we each need to feel safe and supported, to maintain and boost our mental wellbeing, and to know when we are struggling and need to reach out for help.

However we feel – and there will be ups and downs – we’re never alone, and there are others going through the same thing. Importantly, there is help available if you need it.

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s Check In website is designed to help Tasmanians stay on top of their mental health wellbeing, with information on how we can each take some preventative steps in our day-to-day lives to look after ourselves and our loved ones.

For example, we know that maintaining a daily routine, keeping connected with people we care about, engaging in activities and hobbies we enjoy, and exercising in a safe and secure way are just some of the ways that are recommended to keep Tasmanians mentally healthy.

A Tasmanian Lifeline – 1800 98 44 34 – is also available for any Tasmanian who may feel stressed, anxious about the future, finding the impacts of restrictions a challenge, or simply need a friendly and understanding voice to talk things over with.

This hotline is ready to take your call from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Alternatively, through or you can book a suitable time for A Tasmanian Lifeline staff member to contact you.

If you feel that you or someone you know is not coping, then it is important to talk to a health professional. You can access a range of telephone and online-based supports through:

* Lifeline Australia 13 11 14

* Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

* Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

For more immediate support for people experiencing significant mental health problems, our Mental Health Services Helpline is available 24/7 on 1800 332 388, and in an emergency, call 000.

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