Plenty of support during stresses of coronavirus lockdown

THE COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful and uncertain time for Sunraysia residents.

Lives have been significantly affected by attempts to contain the spread of the virus.

According to headspace Mildura, young people may be feeling overwhelmed by the information, conversations and increased levels of stress.

They could also be dealing with the cancellation of an event or trip they were looking forward to, temporary closures of schools, universities and workplaces or the affects on loved ones of the coronavirus.

Headspace Mildura centre manager Teresa Cavallo said people should take care of themselves and seek information and support.

"We understand that coronavirus may be creating feelings of uncertainty within the community and it's important to reach out for information and support that might help you manage what you're going through," Ms Cavallo said.

"Headspace is still here, we are still operating, but to keep everyone healthy and safe we have implemented some changes at our centre.

"The changes reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading and ensure the safety of young people and their families, as well as our staff."

Temporary changes at headspace Mildura include:

● A transition to phone and telehealth (video conferencing) rather than in-person consultations at the centre.

● A temporary pause to group programs, which are being delivered using telehealth where possible.

● A temporary pause to community development activities such as visits, presentations and events.

Anyone who is physically unwell to seek advice from a local community general practice, Sunraysia Community Health Service or the Mildura Base Hospital emergency department.

Groups and activities co-ordinator at headspace Sandy Guthrie said the service's priority was to maintain access to services for young people, their families and friends.

Headspace Mildura encourages young people and their families and friends to call the centre on 5021 2400 with any concerns or inquiries or visit the website www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/mildura for information and resources.

The home resource pack is available at www.headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads/Centres/Mildura/headspace-Mildura-At-home-resource.pdf

Anyone requiring crisis support should call Lifeline on 131 114, beyondblue on 1300 224 636, headspace on 1800 650 890 or MensLine on 1300 789 978.