Will Coronavirus Cause a Crisis in Mental Health? What Our Experts Say

Among the many skills you will learn by studying a Diploma of Counselling is responding to a crisis.

Crises can be personal, community-based, or global. In this blog, we will touch on the current global crisis affecting all Australians, the coronavirus pandemic, and its threat to our nation’s mental health.

Will there be a mental health crisis in Australia?

Lockdowns are beginning to ease across Australia, but some mental health professionals are warning of an oncoming ‘wave’ of mental health problems as the pandemic’s ripple effects become clear.

The Guardian, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Conversation – among many others – have published informative articles on the topic. And the message is clear: financial stress, social isolation, and fear of the virus itself are all mounting an attack on Australia’s mental well-being.

So what is being done to flatten this new curve, and why are we encouraging people passionate about mental health to study a Diploma of Counselling?

Mental health by the numbers

Australia’s mental health professionals believe those people who are most susceptible (around 20% of the population) are at risk of developing serious mental illnesses as a result of social and economic pressures caused by COVID-19.

YouGov commissioned a global survey which presents plenty of evidence to back the experts. Of those surveyed:

  • 73% believe there will be lasting negative social effects
  • 40% are worried they will become seriously ill
  • 59% are experiencing financial stress
  • 30% believe they could lose their job
  • 56% are worried their friends or family will become ill

Almost half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, and 4.3 million people receive mental health-related prescriptions each year.

To help our health sector prepare, the Federal Government has committed more than $100m to mental health services, suicide prevention, and research.

This includes $20m announced by health minister Greg Hunt only a few days ago, with the message that “mental health and suicide prevention remains one of the Government’s highest priorities.”

How can a Diploma of Counselling help to combat the crisis?

Increased funding and support are helping the sector to add essential resources, services, and training for frontline staff. But at the same time, we need more qualified mental health professionals to ensure vulnerable Australians have access to the support they need.

And that’s where you come in.

If you have been considering a Diploma of Counselling, Mental Health, Youth Work or any allied health course, now is the time to take that first step. By becoming a qualified Counsellor or mental health professional, you could be one of the people helping to combat the ‘second wave’ of coronavirus-related mental illness in just 12 months.

Learn more on our website or contact us for course information to get started today.

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