During this particularly stressful time, and while we are apart, please refer to the list below for external supports and online resources to help build your mental health and Wellbeing.
Please note that if you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, call triple zero (000).
Telehealth and Online Counselling Supports
Kids helpline is a free private helpline aimed at assisting Australians from 5 to 25 years old with their mental health and wellbeing. They provide assistance through phone, email or online counselling. They are a 24/7 service.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Youth Beyond Blue
Youth Beyond Blue provides a 24/7 phone counselling service and an online chat option for youth to discuss their mental health and concerns.
Phone: 1300 22 4636
Headspace supports young people 12 – 25, with mental health, physical health, drug and alcohol support, and educational and vocational support. They offer assistance through telehealth or through an online forum.
Headspace – Ballarat Office
Their drop in service is open from 9-4 Monday to Friday. It will be running via telehealth measures. The number to contact them on is 5304 4777.
Headspace is still taking referrals. You can complete a referral at https://form.jotform.com/headsp…/new-headspace-referral-form
or contact them on 5304 4777.
This is a support service for being anyone having a personal crisis and for suicide prevention through a phone helpline, a text service, crisis support chat and help resources.
Call: 131 114
Suicide Call Back Service
This service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Call: 1300 659 467
A service for men with emotional or relationship concerns providing phone and online counselling.
Call: 1300 78 99 78
A non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. The Phone app for Smiling Mind is Free, and they have a COVID 19 Support page.
Raising Children website provides a range of information to parents to assist with the raising of children. Please see the link below for health tips and guidance for parents during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Victorian Government has partnered with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to develop SAFEMinds: Schools And Families Enhancing Minds, a comprehensive learning and resource package that will enhance the capacity of school communities to effectively identify children and young people with early signs of mental health issues, offer school-based interventions and refer appropriately when needed.
Information available for schools and for families.
Disability Supports: Pinarc Parent Support Program
The Pinarc Parent Support Program will continue to operate! Currently being run by Rebecca Paton remotely from Monday to Wednesday 9.15am to 2 .45pm
Please contact: Rebecca Paton (Parent Support Program Coordinator)
Phone: 5329 1361 (If out of work hours leave message for a call back).
Fax: 5333 4743
Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders offers a multitude of services and programs that provide support, treatment, prevention, early intervention, education and training.
National Help Line 1800 33 4673