For many Australians, the trickling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging to navigate. For anyone who may be experiencing difficulties, particularly throughout Victoria’s continued lockdown, we have compiled a list of available resources, including expanded government measures that have been implemented to support mental wellbeing during this period.
Collarts offers students access to free and confidential appointments with our Wellbeing Support Staff, who are equipped to assist any current students who may need it. Whether students need a hand with their course or want to book a wellbeing session, our Wellbeing Support team is available to be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We understand that sometimes life gets overwhelming and all you need is someone to listen. Our Student Support Team is always able to lend an ear, and can walk students through any hurdles that they may be experiencing throughout their time at Collarts. Think of it as an extra support system, designed to help you have the best Collarts experience possible.
As well as any mental health impacts from COVID-19, you can chat to us about any personal concerns regarding your course or study-related issues; relationship difficulties with families, partners or friends; self-esteem, identity and confidence issues; alcohol or drug-related issues; stress or conflict at home, work or university; coping with disabilities, health problems or mental illness; sexuality, sexual identity or coming out.
To support Australians whose mental health have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is providing extra measures as part of the National Health Plan.
Alongside dedicated Coronavirus digital resources, a 24-hour counselling service has been rolled out, led by Beyond Blue and staffed by accredited mental health professionals to help anyone experiencing stress or anxiety associated with the impacts of the pandemic.
An expanded amount of psychology sessions will also be available for eligible Australians, available until June 30th 2022. Throughout an ordinary calendar year, eligible Australians are able to access 10 Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions with a Mental Health treatment plan. The new measure will see the initial 10 sessions expanded to a further 10 sessions, providing Australians with a total of 20 Medicare subsidised visits.
To be eligible for the extra sessions, you must:
- Have a Mental Health treatment plant
- Have used the initial 10 individual Better Access sessions in the calendar year you sought a referral; and
- Receive a referral for the additional 10 sessions from your reviewing GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.
Students can contact their local GP to discuss a Mental Health treatment plan referral.
For more information, head to health.gov.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14 - Telephone counselling (Available 24 hours, 7 days)
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service: 1800 512 348 - Trained counsellors (Available 24 hours, 7 days)
Headspace - Free online counselling for young people aged 12-25
Suicide Helpline: 1300 651 251 (Available 24 hours, 7 days)
Directline: 1800 888 236 - Drug and Alcohol counselling (Free, anonymous and confidential - 24/7)
Griefline: 03 5596 7799 - Bereavement support (12pm - 3am)
Mensline: 1300 789 978 - counselling and referrals for men
WIRE: 1300 134 130 - Support and referral for women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people (Free and confidential)
Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024 - expert health advice (24 hours, 7 days a week)
City of Yarra Child Care: (03) 9205 5555 - Child care centres near Collarts campuses