The coronavirus has been disruptive to everyone’s lives and those of us living in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been particularly hard hit. If you are finding yourself struggling and want some advice on coping, there are a number of places you can turn to for support.
Student Life offers a number of counselling methods. Resourceful people use the resources they have available to them, and Student Life can help you adjust to current student life, manage the demands of studying, or chat about your feelings or a situation you, a friend or family member is going through.
Counselling through Student Life is free and confidential. It can be done face-to-face or via e-counselling.
headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support. You can visit one of their centres or connect online or via phone. They have a specific coronavirus page set up. Visit https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. They also have a specific website set up on coronavirus and you can connect online, via phone or participate in the online forum. Visit https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/?utm_campaign=hp_banner.
The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. Its aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. You can visit their dedicated coronavirus webpage at https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/coronavirus-resources-for-anxiety-stress/.
For students who would prefer to seek mental health advice in their own language, you can find resources on the Embrace Multicultural Mental Health website. Visit https://embracementalhealth.org.au/community/multilingual-information.