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Easing of restrictions leads to improved mental health


By Blake Kebblewhite

The easing of restrictions throughout the country has led to fewer Australians feeling personal stress, anxiety or loneliness according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS conducted a Households Impacts of COVID-19 Survey on the 24-29 June, the results showed that Australian’s mental health has recovered since the easing of restrictions.

“We asked respondents about the stressors that they have experienced as a result of the COVID restrictions and what impact that had on their mental health,” Head of Household Surveys Ms Marquardt said.

The survey results showed that 24% of respondents reported experiencing one or more sources of personal stress in June compared to 43% in April. Whilst around one in eleven people (9%) reported suffering loneliness in June compared to one in five (22%) in April.

In addition, significantly fewer people reported feelings associated with anxiety and depression in June compared to April.

“Now that some parts of the country are either having to reinstate some restrictions or put a pause on easing them it will be important to understand what impact this is likely to have on people’s mental health,” said Ms Marquardt.

Remember, in these times especially, it is important to focus on your mental health. Make sure you are exercising and eating well, staying connected, developing new routines, taking breaks, reach out to others and seek help if needed.

If you need help right now, it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in Australia through these services: Lifeline (131 114), Beyond Blue (1800 512 348) and Kids Helpline (1800 551 800).

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