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Managing your health and wellbeing

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It's important to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is understandable for people to have feelings of concern or distress during the coronavirus outbreak.

Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in adults and children, and financial pressures and hardship may also contribute to worry and stress.

Stay well and connected

To help keep a healthy headspace during this time, it’s important to stay connected to family and friends, eat well and ensure you stay active.

Here are some simple tips to help reduce worry and stress and maintain a health mindset:

• Take a break from the news
• Stay active
• Stay connected to friends and family
• Eat well
• Get enough sleep
• Talk to a trusted friend/adult if it all feels a bit much.

Here are some resources with information on how to manage your mental health.

Getting help and support

It is ok to feel emotionally or physically affected by the impact of COVID-19.

There are plenty of ways to support other people, or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain.

Who to call to get help

To help you, or someone you know that may be struggling, there is always help available through your local doctor and mental health professionals.

If you or anyone you know needs help right now:
• Castlemaine Hospital Urgent Care Centre on 5471 1555
• Castlemaine Police on 5470 4100
• Victorian Mental Health Triage – Loddon Mallee Region (mental health crisis) on 1300 363 788
• SuicideLine on 1300 651 251

If you or someone you are with is in immediate danger, please call 000, or go to your nearest emergency department.

Crisis and support services

Lifeline Australia
13 11 14 (24 hour crisis support)
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.

Beyond Blue
1300 224 636
Mental health information and support for all Victorians

1800 650 893
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25 year olds, their family and friends.

1300 789 978 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
A professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men.

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Call back service. Provides mental health support and counselling in a crisis.

1800 614 434 (8am - 8pm, Monday - Friday; 8am-6pm, Saturday).
Free telephone and online service for people with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or depression. It provides online assessment and treatment for anxiety and depression and can help you find local services.

Youth focused mental health and support services

1800 650 890

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


SANE Australia
1800 187 263 (10am – 10pm Monday to Friday)

Specialist areas

1800 737 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Confidential counselling, information and support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse via phone or online chat.
1800Respect online chat

1800 888 236 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral service

Switchboard Victoria
1800 184 527 (3pm - midnight, 7 days a week).
Telephone and web counselling, information, and referral service for LGBTQI people.
QLife Webchat

Gambling Help Online
1800 858 858 (24/7)
Counselling information and support for anyone affected by gambling.

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