Resources for mental health support

4 March 2019


The recent media coverage of child sexual abuse has been hard to avoid and harder to digest. We want to extend our thoughts and support to all those who may have been affected by the news. ABC published a piece – Taking care of yourself (or a loved one) as details of George Pell’s conviction emerge - with some excellent advice on how to cope with negative emotions that may have arisen for you. The article suggests limiting the consumption of news media, including social media. As tempting as it may be to click, try to resist the urge, particularly if you know it is likely to upset you. Secondly, lean on support systems including family, friends and health professionals such as your GP. Give some extra focus on self-care. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well and avoiding stimulants that may worsen the symptoms of anxiety or depression. Lastly, do not hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist or counsellor if your negative thoughts persist or become overwhelming.

Support can be found at the below:

  • Royal Commission
  • 1800 RESPECT - Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence counselling phone and webchat. Free 24/7, Phone: 1800 737 732
  • Adults Surviving Child Abuse - Telephone counselling and digital support for survivors, Phone: 1300 657 380
  • Bravehearts - Telephone counselling for survivors and child protection advocacy, Phone: 1800 272 831
  • Living Well - Online support for male survivors of sexual assault