Free mental health tool to help with COVID-19 fall-out

A team of researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) are working on a new mental health portal to help people deal with the aftermath of COVID-19.

While the mental health consequences of COVID-19 are still emerging, it is estimated depressive and anxious symptoms are two to three times higher than before the pandemic hit, placing more pressure on an already overloaded support system.

eCliPSE (Electronic Clinical Pathways to Service Excellences) is a digital treatment program for co-occurring depression, anxiety and alcohol use that can be delivered 24/7 from any device.

The portal provides access to fact sheets, quick self-help tools, online treatment programs, and a geo-location service to link people with services in their local community. Project leader Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin says, “I have a personal and professional commitment to, and passion for, supporting people with mental health and substance use issues. Using online platforms allows confidential access for the whole community which is why I am so excited to be leading the eCliPse project.”

The outcomes of the project will provide an opportunity for findings to be scaled-up and implemented beyond the COVID-19 period, extending to natural disasters and times of hardship.

Visit for more information or to access free mental health support.

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