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Navigating changing routines and interactions with family, friends and school can cause children, teenagers and young adults increased anxiety and stress during the pandemic.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or generally not yourself, you can seek advice or assistance.
If you are a young person going through a tough time, it is a good idea to talk to your family and friends about what you are going through. If you feel embarrassed or shy, you may prefer to speak to someone else.
A school counsellor, local doctor, or one of the free online or phone support services, such as eheadspace or Beyond Blue can help. Anything you discuss with them is private and confidential.
If they think you may need immediate assistance, they will refer you to a clinical mental health service with psychologists, psychiatrists or other mental health workers.
For Victorians aged 17-25
Young people will have higher social needs at this time.
You may be experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), feeling disconnected, worried about the state of your friendships, school or your academic performances. Be mindful that it can be overwhelming with the persistent bad news both here in Australia and internationally.
If you are a bit older, you may be worried about losing casual work and the financial pressures that can bring.
It is important to know that it is normal to feel stressed out about the current situation. Regular exercise, good practices for communicating with others online and speaking with other conversations about how this is impacting you can help.
Its important you to rely on trusted information sources rather than social media.
Below are a range of resources and support services to help you get the support you need.
- Headspace/eheadspace (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25-year-old Victorians, their family and friends. Phone: 1800 650 893 or online at headspace.org.au/eheadspace
- Orygen Digital
A specialist mental health service for young people aged 15-25.
Phone: 1800 888 320 or online at orygen.org.au/Clinical-Care/Clinical-services/Moderated-Online-Social-Therapy
- Lifeline Australia Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
- Beyond Blue (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
A dedicated service for those feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or need assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Phone: 1800 512 348
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Virtual Y offers free access to exclusive fitness videos, nutritious recipes, wellbeing advice, family activities and their Youth Hub. virtualy.ymca.org.au
- Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind’s digital care packs provide tools and resources for parents, carers and teachers to support positive mental health for the children in their care. www.smilingmind.com.au/kids-care-packs
- Kids Helpline (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)A confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years. Phone: 1800 55 1800 or online at kidshelpline.com.au/coronavirus
A mental health organisation for young people and their parents. au.reachout.com
- Emerging Minds
Develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources for children and their families. https://emergingminds.com.au
- SANE Australia (weekdays 10am – 10pm)
Support, resources and advocacy for people affected by complex mental health issues. Phone: 1800 187 263 or online at www.sane.org
- Study Melbourne/Orygen
As part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the Victorian Government has funded Orygen to support international students aged between 15 – 25 years studying in Victoria. This service provides advice for professionals providing direct mental health and wellbeing support to international students across Victoria. www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-updates/international-student-emergency-relief-fund