Mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice and resources to maintain your and your employees' mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To maintain your mental health during this difficult time, there are some simple things you can do, including:

  • eating well
  • staying active
  • using phone and video calls to keep in touch with friends, family, and the community; and
  • making a daily routine including the above

Telehealth services are now available if you or your employees need additional mental health support. Through Telehealth you can consult with a medical professional and request a mental health plan by phone or video call.

Coronavirus mental health resources

Beyond Blue has tips to help you run your small business from home and information for small business owners on managing mental health during coronavirus.

Heads Up has a page with information for employees including tips for self-care if you lose your job and how to work productive and safely from home. has a dedicated page on coronavirus and mental health where you can find a range of free mental health resources in Australia.

Mental health resources

Here is a list of existing mental health resources that you can reach out to.


Understanding your behaviour can help you put controls in place to minimise the risk of escalating stress. These may be noticed by others or even yourself.

Altered behaviour

Signs and symptoms you should look out for are:

  • irritability
  • aggression
  • mood swings
  • poor concentration
  • poor decision making.

Altered work performance

Signs and symptoms you should look out for are:

  • low threshold for handling demands and achieving higher order tasks
  • increased mistakes and accidents
  • inability to make decisions/difficulty maintaining focus
  • not wanting to go to work
  • over working issues – unsure/worry
  • general decline in performance (quality/quantity)
  • reduced efficiency/increased procrastination

Altered habits

Signs and symptoms you should look out for are:

  • eating more or less
  • drinking more
  • smoking more

Altered appearance – may be noticed by others

Signs and symptoms you should look out for are:

  • lack of care in appearance
  • looking miserable
  • looking tired
  • looking nervous
  • looking agitated

Helpful resources

Heads Up for small business

This section of the Heads Up website is a resource developed especially for SME owners and managers. It contains Information and resources to help you manage your own mental health and mental health issues you may experience in the workplace.

Access Heads Up

Seek professional help

If stress is getting on top of you remember there is support for you.


Use Australian Psychology Society website to search for a psychologist in your area that will be able to provide you with professional counselling services.


Relationships Australia aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.


Small Business Mentoring Service offer a diverse range of mentors that can help you to navigate difficult business decisions.

Suicide and crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.

To talk to someone now call:

Case Study: How I manage business stress

If I'm really struggling I'll do the one thing I could never do in an office - take a 30 minute power nap. I always feel super-charged afterwards and even slightly smug that there's no-one to lecture me on being indulgent.

Janelle Carrigan, Royall Media

Reviewed 17 May 2021

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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