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According to research mental health problems associated with the Covid-19 pandemic are “likely to be profound and felt for many years”.
The study highlighted the “emerging” evidence that the mental health of younger people in particular had been “disproportionately affected”.
Restrictive measures put in place during the pandemic coupled with, for example, loneliness, job and income loss, bereavement, and the direct or indirect impacts of Covid-19 has led to increased levels of anxiety and had a negative effect on many people’s mental health.
The pandemic has also been shown to affect subsections of the population differently, for example, front-line workers, those hospitalised by Covid or suffering post-infection, and those with fewer social or economic resources.
The good news is that there is mental health support available.
If you are experiencing severe or enduring mental health impacts from C-19 and restrictions, you can access up to 10 extra Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions each calendar year until 30 June 2022.
To access the extra sessions you must:
Your health care provider will decide how many sessions you can receive in your referral. Any unused sessions will carry over to the new calendar year and you can use them without a new referral.
Read more about receiving 10 additional mental health sessions during COVID-19.
The following companies may also be helpful:
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline
For free Financial counselling support contact:
National Debt Helpline
Small Business Help