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Tough times like these can really play havoc with our mental health. 

Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many of us have and are experiencing in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and it's effects. 

To access Beyond Blue's free 24-hour counselling service, call 1300 22 4636 or visit 

How to be kind to yourself

It's been a challenging period and even with the easing of restrictions, it's still important to take time for yourself. Why not get outside, weather permitting, and enjoy the the fresh air. Listen to music, enjoy a Netflix binge - anything that makes you smile!

When you're at home - there's plenty to enjoy!

From settling in with a good book to virtual coffee dates with friends, or from learning something new, to family projects and virtual museum tours, there's plenty you can enjoy.

Click here to see our regularly updated list of suggestions!

BALCs Online Health HUB

Are you missing your usual gym sessions and workouts? The Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre (BALC) has created the Online Health Hub to provide you with access to pre-recorded workout videos with BALC instructors, stretch and move content for those working from home, yoga sessions, mental health and well-being videos, nutrition resources, recipes and workout activities with everyday household items.   

Don’t let your health take a backseat during the pandemic – support your immune system with regular exercise and healthy living.

Compassionate Ballarat Webinar Series

Compassionate Ballarat has partnered with Federation University Australia to deliver a series of weekly webinars to help guide us through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Every Wednesday between 11.30am and 12pm, the webinars will feature leading Ballarat experts discussing a range of supportive topics.

Join the webinar or view previous ones by visiting

If you or anyone you needs help