Victorians of all ages are increasingly seeking mental health support as the state continues to face strict restrictions to combat coronavirus.
Beyond Blue in Victoria has seen a 67 per cent increase in demand during the four weeks to October 4 compared to the same period last year.
Kids Helpline has had a 61 per cent increase and Lifeline 40 per cent.
Department of Health senior official Mark Roddam says he expects the numbers to come down when Melbourne's lockdown ends.
"We certainly expect it to come down but it is considerably higher in Victoria than the rest of the country at the moment," he told a Senate estimates hearing on Monday.
Across the rest of the country, both Lifeline and Kids Helpline have had 18 per cent more demand.
Beyond Blue has had an eight per cent increase in the same period.
National Mental Health Commission chief Christine Morgan said people had different responses to the pandemic, depending on age and circumstances.
"Certainly for young people there has been increased distress, increased anxiety, and incidents of self harm," Ms Morgan said.
"We have heard young people have a real sense of loss of hope, in terms of the future and what it may hold. They have felt that their world has become quite narrow and their options have become quite narrow.
"So different circumstances perhaps from other demographics, but certainly distressed."
A national children's mental health and wellbeing strategy is currently being developed, with a draft expected to be handed to government by the end of the year.
Australians now have access to 20 subsidised psychological therapy sessions each year, doubling previous arrangements.
The measure is designed to help Australians suffering more severe or enduring mental health impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.
A Productivity Commission report on mental health was also handed to the government in June, with no timeline given on its public release.
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