We realise that these are uncertain times that we’re all going through. It’s completely understandable if you’re having a hard adjusting to everything going on at the moment or are struggling to cope. For tips on how to cope with stressful times related to COVID-19 click here
We continue to support young people. We have significantly increased our online/phone services to keep everyone safe, and can currently provide in person appointments if needed. Whilst we are still here for young people, we want to bring to your attention some additional resources which might help you get the right support at the moment.All these services are currently working together in supporting the Melton and wider communities .
Please note this is a working document, as soon as we hear of any additional services who are supporting young people, we’ll chuck them up on here. We’ll also let you know via our Facebook page, follow us here
Our friends at headspace National are working hard behind the scenes to ensure all young people, their friends and families are supported across Australia when dealing with COVID-19. You can stay up to date on their newest social media campaigns on facebook or follow on instagram :@headspace_aus
headspace Digital Services
Here, you can access lots of great mental health resources including group chats, online communities, interactive resources and 1:1 direct support with professionals. Watch this video or have a suss of this info sheet to learn more about this, or click the link below to create your own private account.
eheadspace provides free online support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.
Eheadspace is available from 9AM – 1AM, every day of the week. You can connect with a headspace clinician either 1 on 1 via webchat or join a group conversation
You can make an account or find out more here
Digital Work and Study
headspace work and study can assist you with creating a winning resume, career planning, job searching, interview preparation, contact and collaboration with employers and social firms. They can also support you in exploring suitable education options, assist you with getting into study, as well as sourcing financial support for your education.
You can connect with headspace Digital Work and study by giving them a buzz on 1800 810 794 or registering your interest. Digital Work and Study workers are also available from 9AM-1AM , 7 Days a week .
Melton Community Services
We’ve been in touch with our friends in Melton and the surrounding areas to see what they’re offering in order to support young people and their families. You can find a table full of service information here. Included in the table is specific information about what services they are currently offering, how to know if you’re suitable and how to get in touch with them. The majority of them are offering phone/online services can you keep on practicing social distancing from the comfort of your house.
Some young people and their families don’t have the same level of access to services, financial funds or may face other barriers in getting support. We’ve provided a list of emergency relief services for your reference
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phoneline (Available 24/7) : 13 11 14
Webchat (Available 7PM-12AM , 7 days a week: https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat
Text Service (6PM –Midnight , 7 days a week ) :0477 13 11 14
beyond blue’s team of mental health professionals provide free, immediate, short-term counselling, advice and referrals to anyone in Australia via telephone 24/7
Australia's only free, private, confidential 24/7 phone counselling service for children and young people in Australia aged 5 to 25.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Webchat : https://kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling
professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Call 1300 78 99 78, 24 hours / 7 days a week.
Suicide Callback service
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Provides nationwide telephone and web-based services to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages.
Phone: 1800 184 527