During Covid times in Victoria mental health has been a topic that has been up for discussion and is something that has affected all of us.
Whether it’s transitioning to a new workspace, balancing education and at-home schooling, or the strain of extended lockdown and restrictions, every single one of us has needed support or offered support during these times.
If mental health has been an issue for you, we've put together a list of resources that you may find helpful. From reaching out to experts to tips to improve your mental well-being, there's something for everyone.
Mental Health Foundation Australia
Mental Health Foundation of Australia has some fantastic information sessions that cater to a wide range of groups, such as particular services and industries. It’s a chance to connect with your peers and learn about support available to you.
Many Australians will be familiar with Beyond Blue, which provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. On their website you can find articles, join discussions and even find ways to get involved. At any time, you can call Beyond Blue for support on 1300 22 4636.
Lifeline exists so that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.
They are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Lifeline also pride themselves on being a national service with a local footprint, and they are present in communities that need them most. No matter where you are, Lifeline is accessible to you. Call 131114 at anytime for support.
Department of Health
The Department of Health has compiled a list of handy numbers and webpages specifically for coping with and improving mental health during Covid times.
On their website you’ll find resources for specific groups such as young people, those living in isolation, older people, parents, the LGBTQI+ community, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, as well as people living in Indigenous communities.
For young people
More than 75% of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25, and in Covid times, we are now facing a generation of young people who have had their education, socialisation and development interrupted. While many seem resilient and are quick to adapt, there are an equal number of young people struggling.
Headspace is a resource that offers tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds. Their website not only provides many ways to access information and support about your mental health and wellbeing, but also offers alternatives to how you access that support. You are able to talk to someone on the phone, chat online, and even reach out in group chat to others who may be in a similar situation to you.
The Kids Helpline understands that it’s not always easy to talk to those around you, and sometimes you just need to call for help. Their motto is ‘Anytime, any reason’, and welcome children of all ages a safe space to reach out if needed.
On their website you’ll find information on how to get in touch, tips on self-care, and read real life stories about other children your age. There’s even a Fun Page with quizzes and challenges if you need a mood booster. You can call the Kids Helpline anytime on 1800 55 1800.
Improve your mental health without realising it!
Sometimes a change of location, people and activity is enough to improve our mental health. Long periods at the computer or in the same room can make us physically and mentally tired, and sometimes we can feel low or depressed without knowing why.
Below are a number of tips and tricks to shake up your at home routine.
Mental health is an important factor in our overall well-being, and it's only recently that conversations about mental health can be had without stigma or prejudice. Everyone needs support once in a while, and we hope that the above resources are beneficial to you.
Happy mental health!