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Source: State of Tasmania Government

22 December 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Anglicare Alcohol and other Drugs Helpline is being expanded to operate 24 hours, seven days a week from Christmas Eve through to 8 February 2021, to help provide support to Tasmanians as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response.

The phone helpline was established in August with funding from the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s additional $4 million for mental health, including alcohol and drug supports, as part of the COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

Anglicare Tasmania has reported increasing numbers of referrals to its alcohol and other drug programs since March, and by extending the helpline’s operating hours we are making sure support is available over the holiday period.

We recognise that 2020 has been a challenging year, with COVID-19 also resulting in an increase in alcohol use and new drinking habits, changes in drug use, a changing client cohort, as well as increased incidents of mixing alcohol and prescription medications.

If you need help, please call the Anglicare Alcohol and other Drug Helpline on 1800 243 232. Or to talk to someone about broader mental health concerns phone –  A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 98 44 34.

A full list of alcohol and other drugs services across Tasmania is available from the Primary Health Tasmania Health Directory Tasmanian Health Directory – Primary Health Tasmania and from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania website ATDC – Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania