Mental health support

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on mental health

Major incidents such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can have impacts on mental health and wellbeing. It is normal for children and young people to show signs of distress. Common reactions include:

  • fear and anxiety
  • anger and frustration
  • confusion
  • sadness
  • denial. 

Mental health toolkit

The Department's Mental Health Toolkit for Victorian schools provides expert guidance and resources on mental health promotion and support aimed at schools and school communities, health and wellbeing workforces and mental health practitioners.

This includes support specific to coronavirus (COVID-19) at: Mental health support at times of an emergency or natural disaster

External mental health resources and services to support students

Counselling services

Resources designed for students

Resources for teachers to support students

Counselling services for parents who need support

  • Parentline: 13 22 89
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36 or beyondblue.org.au

Advice for parents supporting students at home during the coronavirus pandemic

Support services for teachers, principals and school staff

Support for staff is available through: Employee, safety and wellbeing services

Call the Employee Assistance Program on: 1300 361 008. 

Or to access external services, call: