Calls to mental health services in Victoria double as strain of Covid-19 lockdown shows | Australia news | The Guardian
“The reintroduction of stage three restrictions in Victoria [is] just really exacerbating this and I think there is a really low mood and a sense of real uncertainty … There’s a lot of concern, stress, worry, anxiety, and that’s really having a toll on people’s mental health and wellbeing.”
While the government measures were important to maintain public health, Harman said many people felt like they were going backwards.
“I think it’s feeling for a lot of people like a real kick in the guts,” she said. “Most people had done the hard yards and were following the public health advice, and obviously, there’s a really worrying rate of community transmission … but that’s just really frustrating and a bit overwhelming.”
While both the federal and state governments had announced significant funding boosts to mental health support services during the pandemic, Guardian Australia contacted both for comment about whether greater support was needed given the latest developments in Victoria.