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Published research confirms what we know about the pressures of COVID-19 restrictions, impacts and anxieties - that there were higher levels of psychological distress in the community than previous years. This includes Australian research samples.

40-60% with elevated psychological distress/stress
31.9% with anxiety symptoms
33.7% with depression symptoms

Compare this to the pre-COVID prevalence rates:


30% of Australian's with psychological distress/stress
14.4% of Australians aged 16 to 85 have experienced an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months.
6.2% of Australians aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective (depression-related) disorder in the last 12 months.

Those people who may be more vulnerable to increased mental distress during a pandemic include the elderly, the young, the isolated, women, lower social-economic status and people with pre-existing mental health conditions or concerns (including experience of recent violence).

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