Support and guidance and 'things to do' to assist you, your family and others in your
community stay well during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll continue to add links to
this page as resources and ideas are shared with us.


Mental wellbeing

Head to Health website

Beyond Blue – coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service (24 hours day, 7 days a week) on 1800 512 348

VicHealth: How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak

Emerging Minds: Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

headspace: Information for young people (aged 12-25) affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: psychologists offer advice for maintaining positive mental health

Managing stress and anxiety (includes a number of helpful links)

Looking after your mental health during a global pandemic

How to survive social distancing

Mental health when working from home

Be Kind Ballarat (City of Ballarat)

21 Days of Meditation with Oprah & Deepak (free)

Uplifting, inspiring and positive stories (Facebook group from The Age)

Coping with cabin fever during coronavirus (The Age)

Working from home with kids


Physical wellbeing, staying active and getting outdoors

VIDEO: Tips and tricks for staying healthy during coronavirus by Ballarat Community Health

Online exercise resources

Crisis Gardening – a web series that helps people set up a veggie patch (Facebook) 

Live Workouts from Home with Sam Wood – for adults and children (free, Facebook)

Help to quit smoking


Education, entertainment and activities - for Children

Cafs' Children's Resource Booklet

Kids’ activities special feature from the Ballarat Times (PDF)

Gratitude Mindful Map for children

Audio books (free)

Movies to stream (free for Central Highlands Library members)

NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) Art Online (free)

DIY craft and learning experiments for children (Facebook)

National Library of Australia Digital Classroom

What coronavirus means for what children can do these school holidays (

Melbourne Museum at Home (free)

Ten Online Museum, Gallery and Landmark Tours (free)

National Gallery of Victoria's NGV Channel

LEGO Challenge: 30 Days of Play Calendar

How to manage your kids’ screen time during coronavirus

Zoos Victoria – Zoo Education Online

Zoos Victoria – Animals on Live Stream

Australian Reptile Park: educational videos and live streams

Harry Potter at Home

Virtual Family Activities (Visit Melbourne)


Education, entertainment and activities

25 books for feeling likely you’re anywhere but your living room

Eight Ways to Upskill Without Leaving the House

Audio books (free)

8 Critically Acclaimed Novelists Share Their Ultimate Lockdown Reading List

Movies to stream (free for Central Highlands Library members)

Podcasts to help you escape the news while you're stuck at home

Social distancing festival – arts events streaming online

Saltbush Kitchen’s Bushfoods at Home (Instagram)

National Library of Australia Digital Classroom

Melbourne Museum at Home (free)

Ten Online Museum, Gallery and Landmark Tours (free)

National Gallery of Victoria's NGV Channel

The Windsor Workshop – staying creative and connected (Facebook group)

5 Online Art Challenges to Help You to Stay Creative and Connected During Coronavirus Lockdown

Guggenheim Museum – 200 online art books (free)

Exploring the intersect of wellbeing and design. Research and resources for self-inquiry. (Instagram)

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Melbourne Theatre Company – MTC NOW

Virtual Melbourne Itinerary (Visit Victoria)


Supporting local business

Be kind to local businesses (City of Ballarat)

Commerce Ballarat  

Business Victoria

Eat Drink West – Producers Directory – Ballarat Region

We love Ballarat regional produce (Facebook group)

Ballarat Buzz


Mobile apps

Coronavirus Australia app and WhatsApp feature

From Houseparty to Hangouts, these apps can help you stay social in coronavirus isolation

Smiling Mind (free) Mindfulness meditation app to help you look after your mental health and manage stress and daily challenges

Headspace (free) "Weathering the Storm" program available to help support the global community through this time including a curated list of calming meditations, help with sleep, and at-home workouts or movement exercises


If you or anyone you know needs help: 

Lifeline on 13 11 14 

beyondblueon 1300 224 636

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 

Headspaceon 1800 650 890 

QLife on 1800 184 527

Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858