Young Victorians urged to take a proactive approach to their mental health & seek support during lockdown

02 Jun 2021

Mental health experts are calling on young Victorians to be proactive about their mental health and to seek support if they need it during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Ashley de Silva, CEO of ReachOut, said that lockdowns could impact the mental health of young people in Victoria.

“Being in lockdown once again presents a range of challenges for young people in Victoria. We know that since the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 restrictions have had a disproportionate impact on the lives of young people, in particular when it comes to the stress of uncertainty, job losses and concern about the future.

“We know many young people in Victoria are understandably feeling worried, stressed and frustrated right now.

“In 2020, young people demonstrated incredible resilience and determination despite the challenges. We are calling on young people in Victoria to reflect on the things that helped them through previous lockdowns. Taking a proactive approach to looking after your mental health can have a huge impact on how you feel during and also after lockdown.

“It's okay to not feel okay. Support is available right now. is available for free 24/7 for young people where they can get tips, hear stories and join peer support forums.”

For more support young people can head to Parents and carers can visit  




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ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. Their trusted self-help information, peer-support program and referral tools save lives by helping young people be well and stay well. The information they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.