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Number of Victorians accessing mental health support spikes

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The number of Victorians seeking mental health support grew by more than half during the last week of March, new call records from the HeadtoHelp support line show.

Despite there being no community transmissions, data from the last week of March saw HeadtoHelp’s service line record a 54% per cent increase in call volumes compared to the same week a month prior (1).  This takes into consideration the looming changes to assistance packages for business and individuals affected by Victoria’s lockdowns in 2020.

Set up by Victoria’s six Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and funded by the Australian government, HeadtoHelp is a FREE service for all Victorians to find the best mental health support for their needs.

As well as a state-wide service intake number (1800 595 212), 15 new hubs across the state provide a free and confidential service for those who may be experiencing mental ill health, whether pre-existing or as a response to the impacts of COVID-19.

Read the media release which includes Gippsland data below.

HeadtoHelp_Call Data Release

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