Rapid deployment of support for a mental health crisis: 10 priorities framing Australia's COVID-19 pandemic response

Jane Desborough, Grant Blashki, Sally Hall Dykgraaf, Ruth Vine, Mark Roddam, Ashvini Munindradasa, Michael Kidd

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the mental health of communities worldwide, with the triple pressures of financial insecurity, lockdowns, and worry about the infection. Australia rapidly deployed resources to protect the mental wellbeing of the community through supplementing existing services, supporting at-risk groups, investing in social supports, embracing technology, and supporting the health workforce. This paper describes the Australian Government's investment in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the 10 priority areas identified in Australia's National Mental Health Pandemic Response Plan.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian journal of primary health
Early online date24 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2022

Keywords

  • community
  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • policy

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