Volunteers and headspace Bendigo staff members will be on hand this weekend for any GTM patrons who need a break from the action.
As festival-goers prepare to enjoy 10 hours of music this weekend, headspace is urging groups of friends to stay safe.
The “safe partying” warning comes as Groovin the Moo arrives in Bendigo on Saturday.
headspace Bendigo team manager Meg Bennett said the group wanted people at GTM to be safe.
“It's literally, just a really safe space,” Ms Bennett said. “We’ve got chill out in beanbags, giveaways and information, or even just a drink of water and some sunscreen.
“The festival can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s good to have some down time if you want it.
“We want people to be safe, check in with friends and to be mindful of the impact drugs and alcohol can have.”
Ms Bennett said she regularly sees young people looking out for each other at the festival.
“We have seen some really good responses from young people looking after mates, which is fanatstic,” she said.
“Some people get worried about their friends and we can help try to problem solve on the spot.”
headspace’s head of clinical practice Vikki Ryall said with thousands of people at each event it can be a challenging environment for some.
“For many young people attending music festivals can be a very stimulating and overwhelming environment,” Ms Ryall said.
“To keep physically and mentally safe during Groovin the Moo, it’s important for young people to know if they’re not in a good headspace they can take a break.
“Talk to your friends about what you can do if you’re not feeling great and how you can support each other.”
This year will be headspace’s sixth year at Groovin the Moo Bendigo.
Victoria Police will also have a stronger presence in Bendigo for GTM on Saturday.
A police spokesman said there would also be Protective Services Officers at the train station day and night.
“Protective Services Officers will be providing a visible presence at the Bendigo railway station throughout the day and night,” he said.
“Additional police resources will be allocated during the event and local units will be performing their usual Friday and Saturday night patrols of licenced premises.”