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Lockdowns have pushed mental health of Victorians to the brink

New data has revealed the worsening mental health toll of indefinite lockdown and isolation from friends and family.

By news@gippsland - 31st August 2021 - Back to News

Figures today from YouGov have found the mental health of 54 percent of Victorians has worsened during the pandemic, with 39 per cent saying they are also worse off financially.

Victorians mental health has suffered as restrictions put in place to protect the communitys physical health have pushed an already struggling mental health care system to breaking point

Lockdown is also decimating the mental health of the youngest Victorians but, until now, weve struggled to get a true picture because the Andrews Labor Government has chosen to keep key data secret.

Leaked data from the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) shows a harrowing increase in self-harm and suicidal thoughts among those aged 18 to-24, with 122 average weekly cases in the six weeks to May 2.

Walking back promises

Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said Victorians had lost hope with no plan from the Andrews Labor Government. "Weve always been prepared to do the right thing, but 18 months in and out of lockdown is taking an enormous toll on the mental health of every single Victorian," Ms Kealy said.

"Whats worse is theres still no plan out of lockdown and, in recent weeks, Daniel Andrews has been walking back promises that well have a more certain future as vaccination rates reach 80 per cent."

"The isolation is weighing heavy on the shoulders of young Victorians, but the Andrews Labor Government has no plan to give us hope theres a road out of lockdown." Ms Kealy said.

Lockdown effects to young Victorians

Victorias Chief Psychiatrist Dr Neil Coventry recently raised serious concerns that the mental health of Victorias most vulnerable children and teenagers will never recover. Earlier this year, it was revealed eight teenage girls had taken their lives in the first seven months of 2021. Its seven more than the same time last year.

"We cant afford to ignore the impact this shadow mental health pandemic is having on children and teenagers. They need to be back in school. They need to be with their friends, they need to be back playing sports, doing creative activities, doing those things that give them emotional and mental health support.

"This lockdown is destroying lives and livelihoods. Victorians are doing the right thing, were doing our bit by getting vaccinated but we need hope with a plan out of lockdown." Ms Kealy said.

Pictures from Mental Health Victoria Facebook page.


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