The COVID-19 pandemic brought unparalleled levels of uncertainty and disruption to our lives. While the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be fully understood, there is evidence that it had significant adverse effects on Australians’ mental health and wellbeing. Increasing rates of psychological distress, relationship breakdowns, domestic violence, social isolation and loneliness were well documented. Interestingly, the impacts were not uniform in their severity or duration. Vulnerable populations fared worse – children and adolescents, the elderly, CALD communities and those already experiencing challenges in their lives were observed to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
QAMH has collated a number of reports and research articles exploring the nuances of these impacts. We will continue to add to these resources as new evidence becomes available.