During a time when many of us are experiencing social isolation from family, friends and work colleagues, it’s more important than ever to be proactive in maintaining our mental health. Here are some easy and free ideas. 

Stay connected

Despite social distancing, it’s still important for our mental health to stay socially connected with family, friends and neighbours, albeit at a distance. We can continue to do so using technology, or even with something as simple as a note in our neighbour's letterbox. 

Vulnerable residents 

For those who are vulnerable and do not have family and friends around them, we now have a dedicated hotline to help. Our priority is to support seniors, people living with a disability, or people living alone who may be unable to leave the house.

Our support team can arrange local emergency relief support or refer people to partner organisations and agencies that can help.

Young people

Do you, or someone young you know, need someone to talk to? The good news is that we are here to help. Our Youth Services Support is still open for virtual drop-ins. Call headspace on 9006 6500 to make a confidential appointment. 

Learn something new 

Why not use the library? Our librarians are still available to take your calls or to help you with your enquiries - just Ask a librarian. They can also help you join our library if you aren’t already a member. You can then access the extensive online collection we offer, which includes free movies, music and newspapers.

Other organisations

Did you know that organisations like neighbourhood houses have now moved their classes online? There are all sorts of fun, creative and interesting courses available, from art and cooking through to music and history. 

The Commonwealth Government has a large range of resources designed to help people build their digital literacy. There are online courses you can take at your own pace, which start with the absolute basics and include step-by-step instructions and short video tutorials. You can find them at Be Connected.

Stay fit 

Free online fitness classes

The YMCA (which manages and operates our leisure and aquatic facilities) has teamed up with fitness gurus Les Mills to give all residents free access to 100 online classes via its On Demand subscriber service (for the duration of COVID-19).

You can also choose from low intensity to high intensity workouts, by visiting YThrive. As always, follow the advice of your GP when starting a new exercise program. Generally it’s a good idea to start slowly and build up your physical activity, if it’s been a while since you last exercised.

Great places to walk, run and cycle 

In Boroondara, we have around 595 hectares of open space, including 220 formal parks and gardens, and 35 kilometres of shared paths and trails where we can stretch our legs.

We encourage people who want to exercise outside to head to our ovals or trails to ensure that our formal parks and gardens can continue to be maintained due to the extra traffic being experienced. We also urge people to do so in a way that respects social distancing.

Find a park near you for great places to escape for movement and exercise.