Mental Health Concerns Amid the Pandemic

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, 74% of Australians have identified concerns for their mental health and wellbeing.

A national survey of 1,001 people was conducted by McCrindle Research for Wesley Mission.

Results indicate that Australians are likely to have experienced uncertainty about the future, and increased stress and anxiety.

My Christian Daily reports, while the study shows 74% of participants have struggled with mental health during the pandemic, only 54% of survey respondents had sought support.

Wesley Mission CEO, Reverend Keith Garner, says the research shows that concern for mental health is a common experience for those in isolation, and people need to know they are not alone.

Dr John Kearney, Director of Psychological Services at Wesley Hospital in Sydney, suggests taking time to invest in relationships with family and friends, as this is crucial to building personal resilience.

He also advises minimising, or eliminating, alcohol and caffeine intake.

 

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