New report says young Australians suffering adverse mental health due to COVID-19

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A new report targeting Australians between the age of five and 25 has found nearly a third of young people are experiencing adverse mental health effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yourtown CEO Tracy Adams told Sky News she was seeing a “heightened level of anxiety” and an increase in the number of young people who presented for imminent harm of suicide, as well as a 39 per cent increase in duty of care interventions.

The report indicated about 17 per cent of people who said COVID-19 had specifically impacted their pre-existing conditions brought up suicide, while 9 per cent mentioned self-harm.

“Many young people are talking about the impact of COVID and the way that they sort of adjusted their existing conditions, so it may have been aggravated, they may have lost connectivity with those that were supporting them before,” she said.

“We don’t know what the outcome is going to be, we live in constantly changing times and young people are seeking support for that.

“We are seeing young people in crisis, they’re in distress.”

Ms Adams said Kids Helpline recorded a weekly average of more than 9,000 contacts since the beginning of coronavirus, while the average sat between about 6,000 to 6,500 pre-pandemic.

Anyone who may be feeling distressed can contact the following organisations for support:

SANE Helpline 1800 18 72 63

Lifeline 131 114

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

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