Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.

There are many reasons why you may be spending time at home – working or studying, experiencing illness or disability, being unemployed or retired. It’s especially important to check in with others who are spending more time at home and may need some extra support and care.


Accessing mental health services from home

Everyone experiences challenging emotional issues at different times. You can’t always deal with them on your own, and that’s ok. Find help and support with this list of contacts and online resources.

Connecting with community, culture and the environment from home

Nurturing your connections with community, culture and the physical environment can restore mental health during times of change, crisis and need.

Sleeping well for health

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health and wellbeing. Understand the sleep requirements for different age groups and healthy sleep habits that you can build into your routine with our infographic.

Mindfulness exercises

Practicing mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and accepting things for what they are. These mindfulness exercises can help you to manage stress and anxiety.

Food and mood

Did you know that what you eat can affect your mental health?

Some foods contain vitamins and nutrients that support brain health and help improve mood, energy and concentration levels.

Purposeful activity

Purposeful activities - like work, volunteering, hobbies or gaining new skills and knowledge through education and learning - provide structure to your days, give you satisfaction and meaning in life, build your sense of self-worth and make you feel like a contributor.

Working from home - 5 ways to maintain mental health and wellbeing

Working from home has been linked to increased job satisfaction and lower stress levels, as well as improved focus, greater productivity and work performance.

Coping with stress after job loss

If you have lost your job, and are feeling stressed, this can have an impact on your relationships with loved ones. There are things you can do to cope and increase your wellbeing.

Helping children cope with stress

Children need adults' love and attention during difficult times. Download our parenting resource with advice from the World Health Organisation.

In addition, the Royal Children’s Hospital recently brought together an expert panel to share practical advice on how to support children’s mental health during the pandemic and beyond.

You can watch the one-hour session on YouTube.

The Royal Children’s Hospital have also developed an online fact sheet with lots of practical suggestions for how to support your child.

Translated information

Mental health and wellbeing information in Arabic, Dari, Karen, Tamil and Swahili, and plain English.

Healthy Heroes resources from the Geelong Cats

Keep kids mentally healthy at home with mindfulness and brain break activity cards.

Hear about balancing children's screen time with physical activity and play.

Page last updated: Friday, 7 January 2022