Semester 2, 2020
We know that studying during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult. For those of us in Victoria, the government restrictions have been challenging, and may have brought up new feelings and emotions. It certainly has for us.
We want you all to know that if you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, there are resources out there to support you.
Mental Health Plans
For those who are currently on, or seeking to be on a Mental Health Plan, the Federal Government announced that they would be subsidising 10 additional psychological appointments through Medicare for those impacted by the tighter lockdown restrictions. This means that if you’re in Victoria, you can now access up to 20 subsidised appointment through a GP referral. https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/additional-covid-19-mental-health-support
UniMelb Financial Support
With the shut down of retail and other industries in effect in Melbourne, we know some of you may have lost income and may be struggling financially. If your income has been impacted and you were enrolled in at least one subject in Semester 1 2020, you may be eligible for financial support from the UniMelb Emergency Support Fund. https://students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/coronavirus/financial-support/emergency-support (You can apply any time until 30 September 2020)
Isolation Support Resources
Our Equity and Social Justice Portfolio also put together a list of support resources for students that can be accessed below. The ESJ Portfolio has also made sure to predominantly include resources that are free, confidential, and anonymous where possible.
UniMelb Counselling and Psychology Services (CAPS) is a free service accessible for all UniMelb students. They are currently offering Tele-counselling appointments which can be booked online. There is sometimes a lag between new appointments displaying in the online portal, so if appointments are showing as unavailable, you can call CAPS during business hours on (03) 8344 6927, or email them on email@example.com to arrange a time. https://services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel/home
If you need extra support managing your studies this semester, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of nutrition, moving your body throughout the day and getting a good night’s sleep. Please look after yourselves and one another during this time.
Daniel Bennett-Spark, Zoe Stathis, Daniel Sango, Mende Stojcevski, Emily Tang and Anjali Iyer.
The MULSS Leadership Team