We have 2 Counselling Placement Students from Monash Uni on hand to lend an ear. This is a FREE service and is available Monday – Friday. Making an appointment is easy just call or text 0492 800 592 or fill out the form below.

What happens next?

Once you’re registered we’ll be in touch to discuss what you’re going through and then pair you with a member of our friendly team.

Do you need urgent help?

Please note: This is not a crisis helpline. Support is available for you. If you need urgent help then 24/7 support services can be contacted via the below:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Helpline: 1300 651 251
  • 1800 Respect: (Family violence and sexual assault) 1800 737 732
  • BayCISS: (Food relief) 9555 9910
  • Emergency Services: 000

Our Holmesglen Social Services Student Placements

Mason Gordon

Kerry Anderson

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone (required)

Age (required)
 10-20 21-30 31-40 41+

Suitable booking time (required)
 Mornings Afternoons Evenings

So we can connect you with the right person please select an area of support you would like

Any further comments

If you feel like talking to someone – even a general chat,  we have two placement student counsellors, Susan and Priya, from Monash University available through the Highett Neighbourhood Community House. Speaking with one of the counsellors could give you an opportunity to talk about how you are feeling in a safe and non-judgemental environment and help you identify your resources to cope with these uncertain times. Please contact us to make an appointment on 0492 800 592. The ongoing pandemic is a novel experience for most of us and as such, it can be a trying time. It is important to take care of ourselves and be in touch with how we are feeling, in such circumstances. Being away from friends and family, there are feelings of grief, anxiety or worry that may surface for some of us, while others may feel frustrated, restless and disconnected from others. All of these reactions are valid and understandable in the current climate. It is important to acknowledge and understand these feelings and reach out for support if you feel you might need it. Some helpful tips to manage such feelings are –

  • Focusing your attention and energy on actions that are in your control such as ensuring we take appropriate steps to protect ourselves and other from the virus such as by practising good hygiene, following the social distancing protocols, etc.

This also includes focusing on things we are still able to do rather than those we are not, for instance, catching up on some reading, listening to some podcasts, trying some new recipes, learning new instruments and languages, taking up gardening or parenting a houseplant.

  • Maintaining day-to-day routines and activities as much as possible, which includes the basics, such as having healthy and timely meals every day, maintaining a sleep schedule and getting enough sleep, exercising a few times a week (if not every day) and keeping up with your hobbies and activities that you enjoy, as best you can.
  • Moderating your intake of news and social media is very important. While it is essential to stay informed and prepared, you must find credible sources of information, such as the Australian department of health. Further, a constant flow of heavy information and social media content can intensify stress and agitation.
  • Staying connected amidst social isolation is a powerful tool in helping ourselves and others to cope with challenges. Not only can talking to our friends and family bring about a sense of comfort and stability but also give us helpful ways of thinking and dealing with stress and anxiety. We can stay connected in a number of ways through texting, calling, video chatting, virtual book or movie clubs, sharing recipes and working out together over video platforms

In the current climate, taking these steps can seem like a challenge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us to make an appointment on 0492 800 592.

HAMPTON COMMUNITY CENTRE

14 Willis Street,
Hampton VIC 3188

Phone: (03) 9598 2977
Email: adminhcc@highett.org.au

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm

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HIGHETT NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

2 Livingston Street,
Highett VIC 3190

Phone: (03) 9555 3797
Email: office@highett.org.au

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