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People affected by floods in Central Victoria will be able to access emotional and practical support from Mind Australia.

Mind staff are available to provide assistance in Bendigo, Echuca and Rochester as flooded rivers are likely to peak in the coming days following record rainfall in Victoria.

Mind staff can help people in these areas to access emergency services and financial support, as well as assist them with managing their mental health and wellbeing, including psychosocial support for people in psychological distress as a result of the flooding.

Mind Acting Executive Director – Victorian Operations Denise Cumming said there are a number of ways Mind can support flood victims.

“Our teams can provide practical support by connecting people with the appropriate emergency services and emergency relief grants. We know that people affected by floods can be overwhelmed or unable to access phone or internet services, so they are unable to apply for financial assistance,” Ms Cumming said.

“Mind has been providing mental health and wellbeing support to Bendigo and Echuca residents impacted by floodwaters since 2022, so we understand the challenges that people can face and how to overcome them.”

People in Rochester can access support by visiting Mind staff at the Rochester Recovery Hub (48 Mackay Street, Rochester) between 9:30 am and 2pm. Alternatively, you can call Partners in Wellbeing (1300 375 330) and ask for Mind’s Bendigo Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub or email [email protected] 

Family members, carers, kin and supporters of people experiencing mental ill-health and/or substance use challenges in the Campaspe, Greater Bendigo, Loddon and Macedon Ranges shires can access support through the Loddon Mallee Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect by calling 1800 979 730.

The Loddon Mallee Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect can provide over-the-phone emotional and practical support, as well as help to connect participants with information, resources and services relevant to their situation. The Loddon Mallee Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect can also provide referrals for further support.

If this article raises concerns for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders can also call 13 YARN (13 92 76) a 24/7 national crisis support telephone service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
If you would like more information, please contact us.

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