As Victoria is plunged into yet another lockdown, the community is becoming increasingly fatigued by the unpredictability of lockdowns and restrictions, with more needing to be done to assist with mental health.
Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Cam Nation today called on the State and Federal Governments to immediately boost funding for mental health services as Victorians again endure another lockdown.
“This sixth lockdown, while necessary, will further test the resilience and mental health of so many individuals, and our local health providers have told us they are struggling to meet the demand for health services.
“Mental health funding and support needs to be triggered each time a lockdown is announced, so people can immediately access services or counselling. This is particularly important for our most vulnerable residents who may not already be connected with government services.
“Lockdowns trigger mental strain for many people in our community. This is on top of the additional pressure on family situations, remote working or the inability to work, remote learning, senior students approaching exams, business owners, the lack of opportunity to connect with others face-to-face and the loss of normal routine.
“It’s okay to need help. And there is help available, it just isn’t always easy to access support at the time you need it. That’s why we need more funding so people can access the services they need, when they need them,” Cr Nation said.
Council has been urging greater Government support for mental health for the past three years, and has been advocating for a Headspace clinic for the municipality and a response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme mental health gap.
“We all know we are battling a COVID-19 outbreak, but the second and equally tough fight we have is to stay mentally strong and do something each day to tackle loneliness and isolation,” said Cr Nation.
In line with the wonderful community spirit that exists in Moonee Valley, residents are encouraged to keep in contact with their neighbours with a socially distant chat over the fence to support each other’s wellbeing over the next week.
Residents may also want to connect with the Council’s Acts of Kindness project or join a local ‘look out for your neighbour’ social media page.