Stay COVID well this summer mental health

Taking care of your mental health this summer

Not feeling the excitement and energy at the start of 2023? You’re not alone.

As we are still processing the anxiety and stress from dealing with COVID over the last three years, we are also collectively going through global events like economic hardship, extreme weather events and a land war in Europe.

With uncertainty about the future, it is understandable to feel distressed and anxious. This is natural. If these feelings are interfering with your daily routine, or if you feel overwhelmed, it is important to ask for help. Encourage friends and family to seek assistance too, if needed.

It is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling by:

  • Contacting your local Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub. These community-based services are a great first point of call for anyone looking for support with mental health and wellbeing challenges. A support worker will provide free one-on-one support to help you develop strategies to cope and pathways to any other health or social support services you may need.
    • Wellways 560 Raglan Parade Warrnambool. Call 1300 375 330 for support. Monday-Friday 9am-5pm


  • Talking to a general practitioner (GP). If your GP thinks you need extra support, they may prepare a Mental Health Care Plan. These plans give you access to allied health professionals (such as psychologists) through Medicare. Your GP can also make a referral to a private psychiatrist or a public clinical mental health service if required.
    • Timboon Clinic 14 Hospital Road Timboon. Call 5558 6088. Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm


  • Contacting a mental health telephone, text or online counselling service or a general counsellor. These services can provide you with targeted information and referrals. There are several services and resources listed below.
  • In an emergency where there is immediate risk of harm to a person, call Triple Zero (000). For 24-hour crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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