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COVID & Your Wellbeing

Support for older adults experiencing stress and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed as the pandemic continues?

We can help you to stay connected, cope with new changes in your life and look after your wellbeing.

It is important to remember that COVID-19 has impacted all areas of society. If you feel more stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, know that you are not alone.

COVID & Your Wellbeing is a free service. Our trained practitioners will work with you to help you overcome challenges so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

What do we offer?

  • An understanding ear

    Our practitioners understand what you are going through. We have developed specific techniques to help you cope.

  • Practical support

    We’ll help you to set some personal goals and work with you to achieve them.

  • Flexible appointments to suit your needs

    Appointments are offered either face-to-face or over the phone.

  • Free service

    Mental health services are free at Sonder.

Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this service, you must:

  • Be aged 65 and over;
  • Be aged 55 and over and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Live in the council areas of Playford, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Port Adelaide Enfield or Charles Sturt;
  • Be experiencing mild-moderate depression, anxiety, stress, social isolation or loneliness as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking to reconnect with the community.

Who are the staff?

COVID & Your Wellbeing staff are Mental Health Practitioners who are specifically trained to ensure you receive the most appropriate service to meet your needs.

How do I access the service?

Complete the self-referral form or simply call the team at Sonder on (08) 8209 0700 and they will guide you through the referral process.

Complete the self-referral form

 

You can also be referred by your GP by visiting and requesting a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Click here to find out how to get a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for GPs

To refer a patient to this service, please complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan and fax to the Central Referral Unit on 1300 580 249. If your patient is located in Gawler/Barossa, you can fax directly to us at Sonder.

Due to program restrictions, Sonder clinicians are not able to provide medicolegal reports or assessments.

Mental Health Treatment Plan

Our recovery-focused approach

We support people living with mental health concerns to improve their wellbeing and pursue a life with meaning, hope and purpose.

We do this through:

  • Respecting your values, treatment and support preferences.
  • Focusing on and amplifying your strengths.
  • Supporting you to develop and reach personal goals and ambitions.
  • Helping you to develop self-management skills.

Our comprehensive mental health service

Following a ‘no wrong door’ approach, Sonder works with the Adelaide Primary Health Network’s Central Referral Unit to provide a single point of entry to mental health services. Offering intake, assessment, triage and referrals, Sonder connects people with the right service.

Clients can access appropriate mental health care aligned to their individual needs and can easily move between programs to suit their changing support needs.

Sonder is focused on integration with the broader health care system. Where necessary, we support clients to refer to services outside of Sonder to ensure their needs are fully met.

Learn more about Sonder

Sonder Receptionist welcoming Client

For Mental Health Emergencies Call 000

If you, or someone you are with, are hurt or need immediate support, please call 000.

Emergency and crisis support

This service is supported by funding from Adelaide Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.