Almost half of all Australians aged 16 to 85 years — 7.3 million people — will experience mental health issues at some point in their life.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to recognise that people are feeling worried, stressed and anxious in relation to the coronavirus. These people can be in your family, live next door, your friend, or someone who sits next to your cubicle at work.

To start the conversation on how we can take care of ourselves and our community during COVID-19, Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS) delivered an online community education session for the students from the Melbourne Polytechnic Institute.

The session focused on things that help us to cope and keep good mental health during the COVID-19.
A few of them include:

  • Set up a daily routine
  • Keeping a healthy lifestyle – Healthy Eating and Exercise
  • Stay connected with friends and family via technology
  • Practice Safe Sexual Activity
  • Accessing support when required

The session was followed by a fun activity that the participants enjoyed.

‘’You presented some simple, key health messages in a way that is very appropriate for our students.’’

Shane Lawtey– SLAM team at Melbourne Polytechnic


Remember, it’s normal to feel stressed and worried when there is a health event happening in the community. Do not forget to ask people in your community ‘what’s going well?’.


Find more information on COVID-19 support here.

Community Education sessions

Tailored, free community education sessions on sexual health, viral Hepatitis & HIV, respectful relationships & contraception, for people from refugee & migrant backgrounds, asylum seekers & international students. (costs may apply for non-community members)

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