Isolation and financial difficulties for many people in these tough times have increased worries about self-harm and suicide.
Murray Primary Health Network chief executive Matt Jones said the coronavirus pandemic was causing distress.
"It could be feeling fearful, isolation, family conflict, financial difficulties, loneliness or mental health issues," he said.
"It's important that people know that they are not alone and there are people to talk to if you need help."
He said even with the threat of the virus, no one should be concerned about consulting a GP for mental health support.
"You don't need to wait to schedule your next appointment," Mr Jones said.
"It's safe to visit your GP practice and you can also call to request a consultation via telephone or video telehealth."
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North East councils which already had suicide prevention programs before this year have been getting more proactive.
Wangaratta's Grit and Resilience program is a four-year project to reduce suicide rates across the municipality.
Co-ordinator Bek Nash-Webster has encouraged people to complete a survey to help them better understand issues being faced in this time.
"This is a time of great uncertainty, where we have all been challenged and touched by drought, floods, fires and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this program is so important," she said.
"The information we get from these surveys will help design the program moving forward and achieve our aim to unite our community to build strength, courage and connection so that we can overcome hardships together."
The project has been supported by an $1.2 million in federal government funding.
The 2020 Connect Benalla calendar, published as part of Murray PHN's suicide prevention project, was delivered to Benalla households last year and features support specific to different population groups, such as farmers and young people.
The wallet-sized information card is still available for download on the Murray PHN website.
If you or anyone you know needs help, support is available by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.