Mental health impact of COVID-19: Australian perspective

Kevin Kendrick, Mohan Isaac

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Abstract

Australia's response to the coronavirus outbreak has widely been considered to be among the most successful in the world. A bipartisan 'national government' akin to that in wartime, a fairly unified COVID response by the federal and all the state governments, international border closures and quarantine, some of the best coronavirus testing in the world, and widespread public acceptance of physical distancing, all contributed to Australia being able to call itself the 'lucky country' in its successful navigation of the COVID crisis. The country clearly had a plan for the mental health consequences of COVID. The impacts of lockdown were identified early, and steps taken to mitigate them. There was no spike in tertiary mental health presentations. Telehealth was embraced, support services mobilized, and public awareness of mental health issues made part of the conversation. While anxiety seemed raised nationwide, much of this lays at a subclinical level, manifesting through activities such as increased consumption of alcohol. Management of the burden of increased nationwide anxiety was carried out through online-based nongovernmental organizations, often directly recommended by the government itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S373-S376
JournalIndian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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