Staff at Western District Health Service (WDHS) are providing a community safety net to support people in need during COVID-19.

The organisation is partnering with St Vincent De Paul to ensure people who suddenly find it difficult to make ends meet due to loss of work, are supported.

The BigHearts@WDHS donations will be distributed through St Vincent De Paul Welfare, the funds will be used to help people who were previously employed and managing, but have lost their job, or found their hours dramatically reduced. The donations will help us to meet gaps in local support services, assisting individuals and families to pay for essential items they might be struggling to fund.

St Vincent De Paul Welfare is based at 11 Clarendon Street, Hamilton in the Mary Knoll Centre. During COVID-19 it is open weekdays 2pm to 3pm. Outside these hours please call 03 5571 9859 and leave a message.

Coping with feelings of anxiety

It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during a time like this. It’s important to remind yourself that this is a normal reaction and it will pass.

There are plenty of ways to support other people, or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain.

Details on how to access support

Department of Health and Human ServicesMental 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.

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
Online and telephone support and counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.

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