COVID-19 lockdowns have created a “shadow pandemic” of family violence. Current exposure to job loss or change, financial strain, family pressures from home schooling or changed child care arrangements, coupled with spending increased time together at home and being cut off from normal social connections that might buffer some of these stressors, is putting extreme pressure on family relationships.
Dealing with these pressures may require professional help. At Mindwell we have seen the direct impact that COVID-19 is having on the mental health and welfare of families. See our Services for more info.
The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an increase in people seeking support for symptoms of depression in the Geelong region.
The most common symptoms of depression include feeling unusually flat, sad or hopeless, getting irritated easily, having suicidal thoughts, lacking motivation, having difficulty making decisions or concentrating, and experiencing changes to sleep or appetite.
The stress brought on by the current state of uncertainty, and the significant changes to our work, finances and lifestyle can precipitate symptoms of depression. Depression is a common mental health condition that is regularly and successfully treated by psychologists. See our Psychotherapy page for more information or to book an appointment.