New South, March 24, 2021 (AAP) The New South Welsh Government is planning to make it easier for people who are in crisis to access social support online.
It will provide online chat, chat rooms and phone support, and is looking to develop online video and podcasts.
In addition, the Government is developing a digital portal to help people who need support.
Key points:The Government is in the process of developing a new online service for people in crisis, the State Government saysThe Government says it has developed an online portal to allow people who have been through a crisis to find information about their rightsThe Government has not specified a timeline for when the new service would be rolled out.
The State Government’s Deputy Premier Nick Smith said it was important to offer support to people in need and ensure they were given the support they needed.
“This is a key element of the Government’s new digital service which will help ensure people in distress get the help they need and we’re working closely with social services to ensure the service is fully operational,” Mr Smith said.
He said there was a need for people to be able to access support through the online portal.
Mr Smith said the portal would help people navigate their rights and options in order to obtain the help and support they were entitled to.
“The portal will allow people to access and access services they need, whether that be financial support, employment assistance, mental health support, access to health services or even access to a vehicle or vehicle loan,” he said.
“I’m very pleased the portal will be operational in the near future and the new digital services will be available in a few weeks.”
Mr Smith also said the Government had been working closely to ensure people with mental health problems were able to get support and access their rights.
‘There’s no substitute’For many people with a mental health problem, there’s no replacement for accessing help and the Government said it wanted to help those who had experienced a crisis get the support that they needed to get back on their feet.
People who have a mental illness should seek professional support, the Department of Mental Health and Human Services (DMHHS) said.
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