Organisations to help keep a healthy mind
VicHealth has compiled a guide for young Victorians offering mental health support as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.
“We know coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone, but especially young people,” a VicHealth spokesperson said.
“From studying online and losing jobs, to pressured relationships – inside and outside the home – the much-loved routines that gave us security and predictability have gone out the window.
“It’s completely normal to experience a whole range of feelings and emotions at any time, let alone during a global pandemic.
“We want to help you get the support you need to get through this tough time and emerge stronger and more resilient. So, we’ve made a list of 10 organisations (in alphabetical order) you can go to for top-notch mental health and wellbeing advice.”
VicHealth works with experts (some of them young people), researchers and other organisations to help young people improve their mental wellbeing.
And complied this information to help young people stay on track with mental health and wellbeing, because “it’s normal to not feel ok sometimes”.
Here’s 10 organisations to follow or subscribe to for the mental health and wellbeing advice.
Whether you want to learn more about mental health and wellbeing, figure out your relationships, or get immediate help – these organisations can all help.
1. Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s leading mental health organisations and provides valuable information about depression and anxiety
2. Black Dog Institute is a mental health research institute dedicated to creating real-world change in the mental health space.
3. Gather My Crew is a free, online rostering tool for the family, friends and community members connected to someone who needs support.
4. headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Services can be accessed in 100+ national Headspace centres, online or through clinical programs across the country.
5. Kids Helpline has information and counselling for children, teenagers, young adults, parents and schools
6. Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. You can call their 24-hour crisis line 13 11 14 to confidentially chat to trained Telephone Crisis Supporter
7. Orygen works with young people, their families and friends to pioneer new, positive approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.
8. ReachOut is an online mental health organisation for young people and their families.
9. The good the bad and the ugly helps young people work out where their relationship is at – whether it’s good, bad, or ugly.
10. What’s Okay at Home helps young people experiencing family violence find ways to deal with their feelings and take care of themselves.