This is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone and support is vital and available. For more information about managing stress and support options, call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
WDHS has opened a new local support hotline 1800 313 021 for people who have tested positive (or are waiting for their results) and are feeling unwell. Please note, if you are in need of urgent medical attention, you must call 000.
There are plenty of ways to support other people, or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain.
Smiling Mind will also produce resources for senior secondary school students to support their mental health and well being. Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner.
Department of Health and Human Services – Mental Health Resources
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Mental health information and support for all Victorians
Eheadspace 1800 650 893
Online and telephone support and counselling for 12 – 25 year olds, their families and friends.
The Victorian Government launched a new digital mental health platform for young people called MOST – Moderated Online Social Therapy – an online tool which allows young people to access tailored online therapy and peer support. It is now available for clients of Orygen in the North and West of Melbourne – a state wide roll out will continue progressively throughout the year.
Financial and other support for COVID-19
Department of Health & Human Services Victoria