How you respond to stress during the pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors. Now we are in the midst of the pandemic mental health concerns are growing significantly.
Prior to the pandemic each day, at least six Australians died from suicide and a further thirty people will attempted to take their own life. Modelling by the University of Sydney estimated suicides could rise by 2 to 4 deaths per day – that could be an additional fifteen hundred deaths per year. The researchers attributed the potential rise to job losses, social disconnection and, for young people, the availability of support for ongoing education and training.
In a large scale study by Monash University in April/May, clinically significant depression and anxiety symptoms were at least two to three times higher than would normally be observed in the community.
During July, Beyond Blue reported contacts about anxiety spiked 50 percent and contacts about depression doubled.
AIA Australia surveyed its members who reported stress related to social life or lack of social contact increased by 156 per cent. Stress of managing the home or looking after children was up 94 percent, pointing to things like homeschooling.
Looking out for each other has never been more important.
To book a mental health awareness or resilience building webinar to support your workplace email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling sad or down and want to speak to somebody quickly you can call these free services:
- Beyond Blue – www.beyondblue.org.au for more information or speak to them day and night on 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au or call 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline – www.kidshelpline.com.au or call 1800 55 1800 anytime, any reason