ReachOut Australia has expanded its services to provide free mental health support to young Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 24/7 online service is now equipped with new dedicated resources - including how to deal with bad world news and 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus - to support young people through the fallout of COVID-19. 

The service's online youth forums will also continue to offer peer support in safe and established communities. 

Many young Australians are experiencing significant stressors during this time including job loss and removal of social interactions, ReachOut CEO Ashley de Silva said. 

"Young Australians are not immune to the COVID-19 crisis.

"Many are facing a number of uncertainties including increased stress and financial pressure at work and home, the closure of schools and universities, and feelings of isolation from their social groups, particularly as sport and extra-curricular activities shutdown. Young people are telling us that they need support. 

"Everything we do at ReachOut is digital, which means we can continue to offer the same level of support in safe online spaces, as well as provide resources and self-help tips designed specifically for young people.

"Any young person can access ReachOut for free at any time from their home during the COVID-19 crisis.

"In addition, ReachOut’s online forums are a powerful way for young people to share what’s going on for them, to provide support to others and to connect in a really genuine way.

"In a world where we are being urged to stay home, ‘socially’ distance and in some cases self-isolate; the opportunity to maintain connection via this strong online community is more important than ever.

"We also know that some young Australians may be feeling disconnected from their usual supports – be it mental health professionals or even just a friend they can talk to about what’s going on for them.

"ReachOut and our peer forums area great resource that can help support them during this time," he said.

To access ReachOut's COVID-19 support, click here. 

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