Expert shares COVID-19 mental health advice

Professor Bill Brakoulias

The disruption and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has mentally and emotionally impacted everyone in different ways.

In episode five of our podcast Western Sydney Health Check we speak to Professor Bill Brakoulias, executive director of mental health services for Western Sydney Local Health District.

Prof Brakoulias provides insight into how COVID-19 is causing stress and anxiety, leading to some extreme behaviours including fights over toilet paper and anger at health workers, as well as more common symptoms such as irritability and sleeplessness.

He also discusses how mental health staff have adapted to the changes, and offers advice on how we can seek help and care for each other in a time when most face-to-face contact is not allowed.

Listen now:

If you or someone you know is in a crisis situation, please call triple-zero (000) or the following organisations for 24/7 support:

  • Mental Health Hotline – 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
  • Men’s Help – 1300 78 99 78

The NSW Government announced today that more than 180 mental health workers will be deployed across the state as part of a $73 million package to boost mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic – read more.