COVID-19 has changed our daily lives in unexpected ways this year.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a COVID-19 page with the latest rules, resources, where to get tested and numbers. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Looking after yourself and your loved ones, particularly during these uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic is so important. From physical distancing and wearing masks in public, to not visiting family and friends, we also need to be taking care of our mental health and well-being 🌟
While many of us may be anxious, isolated and worried about the future, there are people in the community and support groups who can provide assistance.
Doctors can develop a Mental Health Plan, many workplaces and community services such as pharmacys have qualified mental health first-aiders. In addition, organisations such as Beyond Blue(1300 22 4636) and Lifeline(13 11 14) provide 24 hour / 7 days a week advice for people feeling overwhelmed or are having difficulty coping or staying safe including a crisis line. Lifeline an evening online chat option. https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat/
Family violence is a scourge on our communities, leaving or getting away from an abuser is a valid reason to leave your home under government restriction. If you, or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 000 (Tripple Zero). Or if it is safe to do so, for help and support contact safe steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The safe steps web chat support service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm. Further details can be found on the DHHS website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/family-violence-crisis-response-and-support-during-coronavirus
Darebin City Council support
Darabin City Council has a $11.8 million Community and Local Business Resilience and Recovery Package. This information as well as impacts to council services are available online https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat/
Applications for the second round of recovery grants are open now.
Victorian Electoral Commission
In order to conduct the council voting safely, the VEC has made the decision that all council voting will be postal votes. Further details can be found https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/voting/2020-local-council-election
If you need any further assistance or help connecting to support services, please contact Emily and she will assist you.