In a consistently evolving climate, unwavering support from The Geelong 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 Program – We provide specialised inpatient programs to people anxiety and depression.Patients are admitted under the care of a constant psychiatrist. Our programs are both structured yet flexible in order to meet individual needs. On admission, our team assesses each individual and a personal treatment plan is developed.
Day Program - Self Help Anxiety and Depression (SHADES)
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) and substance misuse. 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 Eating Disorders Inpatient 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.
The Geelong Clinic offers two Programs – A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program and a Trauma Recovery Program.
The PTSD Program is offered for military personnel, veterans and emergency services personnel and covers traumas related to service and employment experience.
The Trauma Recovery Program is suited to those experiencing complex and long standing traumas alongside workplace, accident and natural disaster traumas.
Please click HERE to learn more about our Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Day Programs.
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 Geelong 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 – Relapse and Maintenance Support (RAMS)
While you will require a referral from your GP to see a psychiatrist, we can make the process of finding one seamless. The Geelong Clinic operates an Intake service with access to over 30 accredited psychiatrists.
Simply ask your doctor to fax a ‘Dear Doctor…” referral to 03 5248 4852.
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.
Please click HERE to view 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
- 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 via virtual platforms
- Outreach programs are delivered remotely but remain face-to-face via virtual platforms
Please click HERE to view General Patient information regarding an admission to The Geelong Clinic.
Let us make it easy for you - Call us to find out whether your current policy covers you fully for treatment at The Geelong 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 03 5240 0700 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:
Head to Health
1300 286 463
1800 187 263
1300 111 400
1300 652 820
Al-Anon (Support for teenagers)
1300 252 666
Aged Care and support
My Aged Care (Government-funded services)
1800 200 422
Older Persons Advocacy Network
1800 700 600
Anxiety and OCD
OCD and Anxiety Helpline
1300 269 438
Child and Adolescent
(08) 8367 0888
Headspace (For people aged 12-25)
1800 650 890
Kids Helpline (counselling for people aged 5-25)
1800 551 800
Orygen Youth Mental Health
1300 679 436
CATT (24 hour Psychiatric triage)
1300 363 746
13 11 14
1800 737 732
1300 364 277
1800 015 188
The Butterfly foundation
1800 33 4673
1300 550 236
1800 858 858
Gambler’s Help Youthline
1800 262 376
1800 184 527
(03) 9663 2474
1300 224 636
The Blackdog Institute
(02) 9382 4530
1800 011 046
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.
For the management of Depression, Anxiety and Stress.This app provides clinically validated techniques to help manage mods and thoughts.
Uses techniques from both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to help users cope with mental-health issues like anxiety, depression, and anger.
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.
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.
1 Giant Mind
Learn to meditate in 12 steps
Meditation and Mindfulness – Daily stress and anxiety relief
For meditation and sleep stories
Meditation for all ages
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.
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.