Mental health, wellbeing and support

Health and safety advice

Health and safety advice is available for schools to continue to provide safe teaching and learning environments for staff and students as schools transition back to on-site schooling. 

Read Health, hygiene and safety with on-site schooling

Wellbeing webinars

The Department has launched a series of webinars (login required) covering topics such as:

  • managing anxiety
  • building resilience
  • having wellbeing conversations with peers.

We encourage leaders to take active steps to support their own wellbeing as well as their team’s wellbeing. The Principal Health and Wellbeing services include personalised wellbeing support and coaching via the Proactive Wellbeing Supervision service. Call 1300 326 941.

Find information on the supports and structures available to schools to help implement health and safety guidelines and advice: COVID-19 employee health, safety and wellbeing supports for schools

Mental health support

Major incidents such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can have impacts on mental health and wellbeing. It is normal for children and young people to show signs of distress. Common reactions include:

  • fear and anxiety
  • anger and frustration
  • confusion
  • sadness
  • denial. 

The Department's Mental Health Toolkit for Victorian schools provides expert guidance and resources on mental health promotion and support aimed at schools and school communities, health and wellbeing workforces and mental health practitioners.

This includes support specific to coronavirus (COVID-19) including: Mental health support at times of an emergency or natural disaster

For more information and resources to support teaching and learning from home, visit: Learning from home in a school setting

For parent information, resources and support, visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians

Employee assistance program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Department staff – including their immediate families (aged over 18) – to access personalised psychological support via the phone or video conference. Call 1300 361 008. 

Leaders and managers can access EAP's Manager Assist for additional, personalised support, coaching and guidance. Call 1300 361 008.

Find information on the supports and structures available to schools to help implement health and safety guidelines and advice: COVID-19 employee health, safety and wellbeing supports for schools

Family violence response

Family violence incidents and risk can increase during emergency and traumatic situations. For information about supporting students, families and staff experiencing family violence visit the Family Violence Support page.