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I'm finding it really tough! What can I do?

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Feelings of anxiety, worry and stress are perfectly normal during a time like this. You are not alone and support is here for you.

We have gathered some resources and support services that you can reach out to below.

I'm a young person and finding it really tough, can VACCA help me?

While offices are closed to the public we can still help. VACCA can deliver essential services help our young people.

Because of social distancing and potential isolation, please know that we might have to do phone support to make sure you, our community and our staff stay healthy.

If you already have a VACCA support person, you can call them any time if you need any support at all.

If you haven't called us before, get in touch during business hours on (03) 9287 8800.

For after hours support you can call Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800.

I'm a child and finding it really tough, can VACCA help me?

While offices are closed to the public we can still help. VACCA can deliver essential services help kids.

Because of social distancing and potential isolation, please know that we might have to do phone support to make sure you, our community and our staff stay healthy.

If you already have a VACCA support person, you can call them any time if you need any support at all.

If you haven't called us before, get in touch during business hours on (03) 9287 8800.

For after hours support you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

I'm trying to work from home, does VACCA have some tips?

Here are some useful tips to help your set up your home working space:

  • Find places in your home that you can work in, be flexible.
  • A room with a door, if you can. There can be a lot of noise, especially if there’s more than just you working from home – or children online learning or on holidays. It’s important to be focused when working from home.
  • Create a cultural space. Think about the space that you will be working in and find ways to build culture into it.
  • Pick a good chair and comfortable place to work from, where your phone reception should work fine.
  • Share your routine. If you are living with others, discuss your routine so they know your plans for the day and don’t interrupt or distract you.
  • Life / work balance. Make a plan with start and finish times, and take lots of small breaks.
  • Keep connected with your collegues, team leaders and managers. Don't be affraid to ask them for help or tips.
What can I do to look after my physical and emotional wellbeing?

Here are some tips to look after your emotional wellbeing and keep mind healthy:

  • Stay in touch with friends and family. For now we have to stay home and away from others, but we can still call and yarn with friends and family.
  • Be kind to others. Everyone will be stressed at a time like this. And most of us are stuck indoors and seeing the same people day in and day out. It’s important to put yourself in the place of others at this time, to keep as calm as we can, and be as kind as we can. But it’s also important to recognise and tell your family when you need time out and accept that others do also.
  • Create a Stay Strong Plan. Think about all the things that keep you and your family strong and what you might need to help you keep those things. Do a check on yourself, how are you going? What do you need so you can stay strong to help others?
  • If you need someone to talk to call VAHS Family Counselling Service on (03) 9403 3300.
  • If you need support now, click here for a list of telephone services you can call.

Here are some tips to look after your physical wellbeing and keep body healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with water and soap.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don't share drinks, cups or smokes.
  • No high fives, hand shakes, fist bumps. But you can smile, call and message family and friends.
  • Eat well. Have plenty of fruit and veg.
  • Get some fresh air and exercise. Go for a walk in nature if you can. Keep two big steps away from other people. Hang out on the balcony if you have one.
How can I keep in contact with my family and friends when I can't visit them?

It is really important to keep our distance for now in order to keep mob safe, so make sure to call, message and video call family and friends to stay connected.

When the virus starts to calm down, the government will start to slowly lift the current restrictions. We don't know when this will happen but this way of life is not going to be forever.

Remember to stay positive, strong and connected to culture.

I don't live in Melbourne, who can I call for support?

VACCA is a state-wide organisation with offices across Victoria, including in Morwell and Ovens Murray. Contact your nearest VACCA office and find out how we can support you.

Other useful contacts

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)

VACCHO is the peak body for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples living in Victoria. Visit their website here or call (03) 9411 9411.

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

VALS is a state-wide organisation. Visit their website here or free call 1800 064 865.

Needing help now?

Find a list of 24 hour state-wide telephone support services you can call here.

How do I contact VACCA?

Find contact details for your nearest VACCA office here.

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