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Mental health resources for children and young people

Navigating changing routines and interactions with family, friends and school can cause children, teenagers and young adults increased anxiety and stress during the pandemic.

Navigating changing routines and interactions with family, friends and school can cause children, teenagers and young adults increased anxiety and stress during the pandemic.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or generally not yourself, you can seek advice or assistance.

Children

If you are a young person going through a tough time, it is a good idea to talk to your family and friends about what you are going through. If you feel embarrassed or shy, you may prefer to speak to someone else.

A school counsellor, local doctor, or one of the free online or phone support services, such as eheadspace or Beyond Blue can help. Anything you discuss with them is private and confidential.

If they think you may need immediate assistance, they will refer you to a clinical mental health service with psychologists, psychiatrists or other mental health workers.

For Victorians aged 17-25

Young people will have higher social needs at this time.

You may be experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), feeling disconnected, worried about the state of your friendships, school or your academic performances. Be mindful that it can be overwhelming with the persistent bad news both here in Australia and internationally.

If you are a bit older, you may be worried about losing casual work and the financial pressures that can bring.

It is important to know that it is normal to feel stressed out about the current situation. Regular exercise, good practices for communicating with others online and speaking with other conversations about how this is impacting you can help.

Its important you to rely on trusted information sources rather than social media.

Below are a range of resources and support services to help you get the support you need.

Resources

Reviewed 31 May 2021

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