Mental Health Support & Resources

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call 000 for emergency services or 1300 783 347 for mental health triage.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on all our lives is significant. The change is rapid and everyone responds differently to change.
If you feel you, or someone you know, needs support, there are a number of agencies that can help.

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For general information or support from Beyond Blue, visit Beyond Blue's page - 'Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak'
The Australian Psychological Society has developed this PDF - 'Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety'(PDF, 100KB)

Rural Outreach

Ivan Lister, Rural Outreach Worker, provides a link between the farm gate and support services. Ivan works on Mondays and Tuesdays. COVID-19 restrictions mean that Ivan is available only by phone. Contact Ivan if you are concerned about yourself, your family or a friend's wellbeing.

Ivan Lister - Rural Outreach Worker - 0474 501 406

More information about the Rural Outreach program, including a link to a flyer with more resources and information about local supports. 

Mental health and suicide prevention - Connect Benalla

CONNECT BENALLA is a mental health and suicide prevention resource put together with support from Murray PHN and the Victorian State Government.

Download this information as a printable PDF(PDF, 909KB).

Self Care

When you’re putting emotional energy and effort into supporting another person and keeping them from harm, it’s important that you look after yourself. Make your own health and wellbeing a priority.

Go to Beyond Blue for more information.

24/7 Support

Triple Zero (emergency)

For use in life threatening or time critical


Beyond Blue

Depression, anxiety and related disorders

1300 224 636


Crisis support, suicide prevention and
mental health support 

13 11 14

Kids HelpLine

Young people aged 5-25

1800 551 800


People affected by suicide

1300 651 251

Suicide Call Back Service

24/7 free professional phone and
online counselling

1300 659 467

Standby Murray -
Support After Suicide 

People bereaved or impacted by suicide

0439 173 310

National Indigenous
Critical Response Services   

Emotional and practical support to bereaved
families and individuals 

1800 805 801

MensLine Australia

Men with family and relationship concerns

1300 789 978

Mental Health Crisis Line

Mental health triage (information, assessment   
and referral)

1300 783 347


Local Support

Carrier Street Clinic: 03 5762 4629

Benalla Church Street Surgery: 03 5762 1022

Coster Street Medical Practice: 03 5762 2538

Benalla Healthcare Centre: 03 5762 2803

Community Health Centre, Benalla Health: 03 5761 4500

Supporting Someone

It’s a myth that talking directly about suicide will put the idea in someone’s head. Here are some ideas to help start a conversation:

“I’ve noticed that you haven’t been yourself lately. Is everything okay?”

“I’m worried about you. Can we talk about what’s troubling you?”

“You seem (down/sad/angry/unhappy) lately. I’m worried that you might be thinking of hurting yourself or suicide. Can we talk about this?”

Online Support

Head to Health
Who, What, Where Benalla
Beyond Blue
Suicide Call Back Service
SANE Australia (Helpline: 1800 187 263)
eheadspace (for 12-25 year olds)
ReMinder suicide safety plan app