Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are beginning another six weeks of lockdown due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
While this second round of lockdown may bring the case numbers under control, its effects on Victorians’ mental health could be significant.
Australians are already experiencing mental health fallout from COVID-19. A prolonged pandemic, and a second lockdown, might only make things worse.
COVID-19 and our mental health
Our mental health is affected by changes in our social circumstances, and no event in recent history has wrought havoc with our daily lives quite like COVID-19.
Parents of newborns have had reduced access to social support.
Many people have had to grieve alone after the death of a loved one.
People experiencing homelessness have received temporary housing, but may have difficulty readjusting to life without support again.
Nursing home residents have endured months of isolation.
While we don’t yet know the full extent of the mental health fallout from COVID-19, we are seeing an increase in mental disorders like depression and anxiety.
As Melbournians return to lockdown, the impact of loneliness, fear, anxiety and hopelessness is likely to increase further.
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