The cost of Covid 19 on Mental Health

 

 

Raising Awareness 

 

The Covid 19 pandemic was never part of the state or national mental health budgets. We need to raise awareness and money for all Australians suffering from mental health issues. This blog is a plug for mental health awareness and research in Victoria https://www.elitewomenrealestate.com.au/lift-the-lid-charity-golf-2021/  Read on for why raising money is so important.

 

 

Research

 

A wide body of research indicates that people commonly experience fear, anxiety, and stress during and after a disaster. It is not surprising then, that the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on mental health. In addition to anxiety about the coronavirus itself, many Australians are struggling with:

  • the societal changes resulting from the pandemic;

 

  • isolation from the community;

 

  • uncertainty about the future;

 

  • new childcare responsibilities and

 

  • job loss fears that are causing anxiety, depression, increased substance use and suicide,

 

Research also reveals that there are groups in society that are more vulnerable or have special needs in post-traumatic situations. Specifically children, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, rural and remote communities, the elderly, and people with pre-existing psychiatric disorders and medical conditions. Also, people felt anxious about the changes to their routines and constantly surveying their environment.

 

Australian Results

 

Mental health services in Australia (MHSA) outlines the national response of the health and welfare service system to Australians’ mental health care needs. Findings outline the increasing need for support below:

 

The volume of mental health-related PBS prescriptions dispensed spiked in March 2020 when restrictions were first introduced, followed by a dip in April. From mid-May 2020 to mid-Feb 2021 weekly volume tracked above the same period one year prior. These patterns were observed across all jurisdictions.

 

In the 4 weeks to 25 April 2021:

 

  • Lifeline received almost 82,000 calls (a decrease of 2.3% from the 4 weeks to 26 April 2020 and an increase of 18.4% from the 4 weeks to 28 April 2019).

 

  • Kids Helpline received almost 26,000 answerable contact attempts (a decrease of 26.6% from the 4 weeks to 26 April 2020 and an increase of 10.5% from the 4 weeks to 28 April 2019).

 

  • Beyond Blue received over 22,000 contacts (a decrease of 14.9% from the 4 weeks to 26 April 2020 and an increase of 30.7% from the 4 weeks to 28 April 2019).

 

 

All of us are affected

All this data shows there is a need for more funding as no government could have predicted the enormity of this pandemic. Indeed, mental health support will be needed well into the future. As more people are faced with the aftermath of costs brought on by continuous lockdowns and government debt.

 

EWRE is a proud supporter of the Lift the Lid mental health initiative of Rotary Victoria. EWRE Foundation  and Rotary are currently involved in a charity golf event raising money for Mental Health Victoria.  Please donate, come and play or sponsor golfers raising money for mental health. All proceeds go to raise awareness and research for mental health.