We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this project. Over 130 young people across Victoria contributed their experiences, insights and suggestions on what they thought would help young Victorians like themselves.
This wellbeing toolkit responds to what you told us you needed, to make sense of your lives post-pandemic. The resources here are for young people with varying degrees of exposure and vulnerability to COVID. Our intention is to not to suggest there’s one pathway out of the pandemic, but to let you put together the map that best suits you.
You’ve made it through the mass baking events, the lockdowns, and the mental health care walks. Now it’s 2022. What does this year even mean?
The answer: 2022 can be whatever you need it to be. Below, we’ve gathered some resources to help you shape your life for your needs, interests, concerns, or goals.
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If you’re looking for immediate practical support, we recommend visiting AskIzzy. AskIzzy connects you to over 400,000 different resources for a range of different needs and locations.
If you’d like to check the latest COVID advice, visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website.
If you’re looking for advice on building—or rebuilding—your future, this section’s for you. It covers:
It can be hard to know what a ‘sustainable career’ is—or the right way to create one. This section covers:
There’s never been a better time to grow your ability to advocate and care for yourself. This section covers advice on a range of topics, including:
If you’ve felt a little lost or lonely these past few years, you’re not alone. The good news is that no matter your unique identity, there’ll be a community perfect for you. (Most communities meet both in-person and virtually.) The below sections lists community groups and events:
You don’t have to try and take care of your mental health on your own. There are plenty of free and government-subsided resources that can help you make sense of and address what you’re experiencing, whether you’re feeling anxious, afraid, or another feeling that’s hard to define.
If you’re not feeling safe right now, please reach out. Feelings are never final. Call Lifeline on 13 11 44 for over-the-phone support, while if you prefer text conversations, 7CupsofTea can provide non-judgemental support from a stranger. If life is in immediate danger, call 000.
A mental health care plan also provides you with 20 subsidised therapy sessions. For more information, click here.
What are some resources/services we've missed that you access that help improve your mental health and wellbeing?