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Mental health supportFind information on mental health help and support available to all Victorians

COVID-19 is still affecting our lives in many ways. While most restrictions have eased, we may feel hesitant about returning to ‘normal life’. After staying home and isolating or following other restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, we may feel less connected to others in our community or be working through other challenges.

With uncertainty about the future, it is understandable to feel distressed and anxious. This is natural. If these feelings are interfering with your daily routine, or if you feel overwhelmed, it is important to ask for help. Encourage friends and family to seek assistance too, if needed.

It is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling by:

  • Contacting your local Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub. These community based services are a great first point of call for anyone looking for support with mental health and wellbeing challenges. A support worker will provide free one-on-one support to help you develop strategies to cope and pathways to any other health or social support services you may need.

  • Talking to your general practitioner (GP). If your GP thinks you need extra support, they may prepare a Mental Health Care Plan. These plans give you access to allied health professionals (such as psychologists) through Medicare. Your GP can also make a referral to a private psychiatrist or a public clinical mental health service if required.

  • Contacting a mental health telephone, text or online counselling service or a general counsellor. These services can provide you with targeted information and referrals. There are several services and resources listed below.

In an emergency where there is immediate risk of harm to a person, call Triple Zero (000). For 24-hour crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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