In a consistently evolving climate, unwavering support from The Melbourne Clinic remains a constant.

The continuous exposure to information and news about the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on our lives, can be stressful, unsettling and overwhelming.  In addition to this, the requirement to self-isolate can have a profound effect on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing.

Whilst it is perfectly normal to experience heightened feelings of distress during this time, it is important to recognise when symptoms of mental illness become unmanageable, and to seek timely treatment and support. 

If you are, or someone you know is, feeling overwhelmed, please contact us to discuss how we may be able to assist you.  

We have compiled some useful information about the impact of COVID-19 below. Click on each topic to find out how we can help:

COVID-19 will undoubtedly lead to an increase in anxiety and depression due to health and economic fears, loss of employment and reduced financial stability and the impact of these factors are likely to be heighted by feelings of loneliness, helplessness, panic and isolation.

If you are having difficulty managing your symptoms, please click on the links below to learn how our programs can help:

Inpatient – General Inpatient Living Well Program

Outpatient – Anxiety and Depression Management Program

The risk of relapse in people with disordered eating behaviour can be significant during this time. The limited ability to exercise and fear of weight gain, may trigger increased dietary restrictions and radical weight control measures, whilst increased food storage in the home may trigger episodes of binge-eating. It is not uncommon for people with an eating disorder to have co-occurring conditions such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, can heighten these other associated conditions which may trigger episodes of disordered eating.

If you are having difficulty managing your symptoms, please click HERE to learn more about our program.

Older persons are at greatest risk of serious infection if exposed to COVID-19 and are required to abide by strict social distancing measures. This is also impacting individuals living in aged care facilities with limited visitors permitted now. It is therefore important to assist older persons to remain connected through the use of digital platforms where possible. Our most vulnerable population’s reduced ability to connect with friends, children and grandchildren can have a profound effect on their mental wellbeing often amplifying or driving feelings of isolation and helplessness.

Click HERE to learn more about how Older Persons Program can help you, or someone you care about, at this time.

For individuals suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, COVID-19 can exacerbate fears and compromise the positive effects of previous treatment. We understand the psychological impact of having potentially accepted the notion that nothing bad will happen if you don’t wash your hands ten times, to suddenly being flooded with information about the critical importance of washing your hands as many times as possible, otherwise something bad could happen. Add to this, the inability to easily purchase handwash or sanitiser, and the impact is significant.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by symptoms of your Obsessive-Compulsive behaviours, please click HERE to learn more about our Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program.

In this unsettling time, it is important to recognise the long term impact that COVID-19 may have on mental health and the increased risk of developing PTSD for those directly impacted, their family members and the healthcare workers striving to preserve life.

PTSD and its effects may vary from nightmares and flashbacks to avoidance of people and places that trigger a distressed response. Symptoms may vary in their duration and severity and an individual’s risk may vary based on a number of complex factors. The prevention of PTSD in the current climate is challenging, but there are things that can be done to empower individuals to manage their symptoms long-term.

Please click on the following links to learn more about our Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Emergency/Service Workers Program

The isolation and depression associated with COVID-19 may lead some individuals to resort to substance use in order to alleviate their stress and feelings of fear. Individuals having recently been treated and in recovery, may experience more pronounced urges to resume substance use and may be at greater risk of relapse.

If you are concerned about your use of substances, or know of someone who is displaying signs of substance abuse or misuse, we can help. The Melbourne Clinic offers programs for individuals at various stages of their detoxification and rehabilitation journey and you can learn more by clicking on the links below

Inpatient Program – Addictive Behaviours Program

Day program – Addictive Behaviours

GENERAL INFORMATION

While you will require a referral from your GP to see a psychiatrist, we can make the process of finding one seamless. The Melbourne Clinic operates an Intake service with access to over 300 accredited psychiatrists. Simply ask your doctor to fax a ‘Dear Doctor…” referral to (03) 9420 9341. An experienced clinician will review the referral and match you to a psychiatrist who is best suited to your individual needs.

You can also refer to our Specialist Directory to see the admissions process, names of psychiatrists and their areas of interest and a list of psychiatrist who speak languages other than English.

Please click HERE to access the Specialist Directory

Whilst we are committed to the ongoing delivery of our treatment programs, we have made some changes to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. These are listed below:

  • Patients who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days, or who are currently experiencing respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever), will not be admitted or permitted to enter the hospital or consulting suites. Please contact the hospital or your treating doctor prior to your admission or appointment.
  • Temperature checks are carried out at the front entrance for those permitted to enter the hospital
  • All patients will be asked screening questions prior to admission
  • Patient leave during admission has been limited
  • Entry to the Older Persons unit is restricted
  • No visitors are currently allowed in the facility
  • Group sessions are conducted in line with social distancing measures
  • Day programs are delivered remotely but remain face-to-face
  • Outreach programs are delivered remotely but remain face-to-face

Please download a copy of our Patient Information Directory by clicking HERE. This document contains all the important information you need to know about an admission to The Melbourne clinic.

Let us make it easy for you - Call us to find out whether your current policy covers you fully for treatment at The Melbourne Clinic. We will ask you a few questions and do the rest so you can proceed with your admission with peace of mind. Call us on 0407 054 370 to find out more.

You may find that phone-based and digital mental health resources are helpful during this time.Please find some of our suggestions below:

Websites


Organisation

Contact

Website

General

Head to Health

www.headtohealth.gov.au

Mind Australia

1300 286 463

www.mindaustralia.org.au

SANE

1800 187 263

www.sane.org

Wellways

1300 111 400

www.wellways.org

Addiction

Alcoholics Anon

1300 652 820

www.aa.org.au

Al-Anon (Support for teenagers)

1300 252 666

www.al-anon.org.au

Narcotics Anon

9525 2833

www.navic.net.au

Aged Care and support

My Aged Care (Government-funded services)

1800 200 422

www.myagedcare.gov.au

Older Persons Advocacy Network

1800 700 600

www.opan.com.au

Anxiety and OCD

OCD and Anxiety Helpline

1300 269 438

www.arcvic.org.au

Child and Adolescent

Emerging Minds

(08) 8367 0888

www.emergingminds.com.au

Headspace (For people aged 12-25)

1800 650 890

www.headspace.org.au

Kids Helpline (counselling for people aged 5-25)

1800 551 800

www.kidshelpine.com.au

Orygen Youth Mental Health

1300 679 436

www.oyh.org.au

Crisis

CATT (24 hour Psychiatric triage)

1300 363 746

Lifeline

13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Domestic Violence

1800 Respect

1800 737 732

www.1800respect.org.au

Relationships Australia

1300 364 277

www.relationships.org.au

Safe Steps

1800 015 188

www.safesteps.org.au

Eating Disorders

The Butterfly foundation

1800 33 4673

www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

EatingDisorders Victoria(EDV)

1300 550 236

www.eatingdisorders.org.au

Gambling

Gambler’s Help

1800 858 858

www.gamblershelp.com.au

Gambler’s Help Youthline

1800 262 376

www.gamblershelp.com.au/get-helpunder-25s

LGBTQIA+

Minus 18

www.minus18.org.au

QLife

1800 184 527

www.qlife.org.au

Switchboard

(03) 9663 2474

www.switchboard.org.au

Mood Disorders

BeyondBlue

1300 224 636

www.beyondblue.org.au

The Blackdog Institute

(02) 9382 4530

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

Veterans

Open Arms

1800 011 046

www.openarms.gov.au


Apps

App name

Description

Anxiety

Mindshift

For teenagers and young adults.This app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.

Sanvello

For the management of Depression, Anxiety and Stress.This app provides clinically validated techniques to help manage mods and thoughts.

What’s Up?

Uses techniques from both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to help users cope with mental-health issues like anxiety, depression, and anger.

Depression

MoodPath

Helps analyse the duration and severity of symptoms to suggest whether one might be suffering from depression. Provides suggestions to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Black Dog Snapshot

Allows the use to measure and monitor factors that may influence their mental health and wellbeing.

The Check-In – Beyond Blue

For anyone who wants to check in with a friend, this app helps take the fear out of having a chat with a friend who you think may be struggling

Thought Diary Pro

Designed to help user to record and challenge thoughts that cause negative feelings and helps replace distressing thoughts with a more realistic and productive ways of thinking.

7 Cups

Let’s you speak with a trained listener or therapist for free, anonymously, and on your own schedule and via easy to use text chat.

Mindfulness

1 Giant Mind

Learn to meditate in 12 steps

Aura

Meditation and Mindfulness – Daily stress and anxiety relief

Calm

For meditation and sleep stories

Smiling Mind

Meditation for all ages

Pzizz

Sleep, Nap & focus, with relaxing music

Suicide Safety Planning

A Friend Asks

Aims to teach its users how to recognise the signs that someone close to them may be thinking about suicide, and how to reach out to them proactively.

Beyond Now

Assists its user to create a suicide safety plan to keep them safe when dealing with suicidal thoughts

Suicide Safety Plan

Designed to support individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and to help prevent suicide.

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