Media Feature — NSW Delta crisis ‘triggered’ Victorian mental health surge

By Josh Gordon. Published in The Age. 

“A detailed analysis of Lifeline data undertaken by think tank the McKell Institute shows the number of mental health calls made by Victorians surged by 35 per cent over the course of the pandemic, from a daily average of 739 in January 2020 to 996 in September this year.

Unsurprisingly, demand for Lifeline’s services tended to ebb and flow with the state’s successes and failures managing the pandemic – and with the imposition and removal of restrictions used by the government to crush the coronavirus.”