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Australian women’s mental health and wellbeing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a noticeable impact on mental health and mental health services, with uptake showing an increase of 14.5% from 2019 to 2020. Crisis line contacts were also 15% higher during 2020, compared to 20191. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women s Health reported high levels of general stress and psychological distress among women in their twenties and forties during 20202. The purpose of the current research is to highlight the impact of COVID-19 and policies designed to control COVID-19 on the mental health of women from across Australia, including the impact of economic factors such as poverty and employment. The report to the Mental Health Commission will profile those who were most at risk of experiencing mental health problems during 2020, by taking account of previous mental health, sociodemographic status, caring responsibilities and a history of abuse prior to the pandemic. The report will also identify the burdens experienced, and coping strategies used by women during 2020, and establish the impact of the pandemic on women’s safety.


1: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mental-health-services/mental-health-services-in-australia/report-contents/mental-health-impact-of-covid-19/impacts-on-australian-government-funded-mental-health-service-activity

2: https://www.alswh.org.au/outcomes/reports/covid-19-survey-reports/