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Mental Health

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:

Have a mental health treatment plan

Have used the initial 10 individual Better Access sessions in the calendar year you sought a referral

Receive a referral for the additional 10 sessions from your reviewing health care provider.

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

1800RESPECT

For free Financial counselling support contact:

Mental wellbeing and support resources:

Visit www.coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au for online mental wellbeing and support resources and discussion forums.

Visit www.headtohealth.gov.au the digital mental health portal for more resources and support options.

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