GIF featuring questions asked by young people at this stage of the pandemic. Most questions relate to what the future will look like. The GIF also feature's the website's title: What now?

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. 

Jump to a section:

  1. Figuring out what your future looks like
  2. Building a sustainable career
  3. Growing your resilience and self-advocacy
  4. Looking for connection and community
  5. Finding free mental health support

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.

Figuring out what your future looks like

If you’re looking for advice on building—or rebuilding—your future, this section’s for you. It covers:

  • advice on dealing with post-pandemic anxiety
  • figuring out what it means to be an adult
  • practical ways to nurture your best self, through wellbeing and mindfulness, and
  • finding your place and path in a new world.
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Advice on dealing with post-pandemic anxiety
Figuring out what it means to be an adult
Practical ways to nurture your best self, through wellbeing and mindfulness
Finding your place and path in a new world

Building a sustainable career

It can be hard to know what a ‘sustainable career’ is—or the right way to create one. This section covers:

  • resources on entering the workforce
  • understanding what the right job for you looks like
  • advocating for yourself in the workforce, and 
  • managing your finances.
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Resources on entering the workforce
Understanding what the right job for you looks like
Advocating for yourself in the workforce
Managing your finances

Growing your resilience and self-advocacy

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:

  • understanding and talking about your mental health
  • holding difficult but productive conversations, and
  • advocating for and pursuing your unique needs.
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Understanding and talking about your mental health
Holding difficult but productive conversations
Advocating for and pursuing your unique needs

Looking for connection and community

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:

  • for young people in general
  • for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • for people who identify as queer
  • for people living with, or supporting those who have, a disability
  • for multicultural communities
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Young people in general
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
People who identify as queer
People living with, or supporting those who have, a disability
Multicultural communities 

Finding free mental health support

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.

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I’d like to chat to a professional on the phone
I’d like to message a professional online

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