This study explored the experiences of individuals who reported being negatively affected by Australia’s international border closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualitative data from 1930 adults who responded to a cross-sectional online survey exploring the mental health and wellbeing of individuals affected by border closure were analysed using theoretical thematic analysis, drawing on understandings of the relationship between place and wellbeing. Four themes were identified: ‘Disconnection from family and social connections’, ‘Disconnection from a sense of home and belonging’, ‘Disconnection and sense of self’, and ‘A desire for reconnection’. Results provide a rich illustration of the relationship between disconnection from place and wellbeing during COVID-19 and highlight the need to support those affected and consider these adverse effects in future public health planning.
- International border closures
- Mental health