Victorias Lockdowns Impacting Youth Mental Health at Higher Rates

MELBOURNE—Hundreds of thousands of young people in Victoria have sought online mental health support since social distancing and stay-at-home orders came into place due to the CCP virus pandemic.

Since March over 300,000 young people in Victoria have visited popular youth mental health site ReachOut; this is a 25 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

The greater region of Victorias capital, Melbourne, is now going through a stricter second lockdown, and ReachOut CEO Ashley de Silva is concerned about the mental health toll the new restrictions are having on young Victorians.

“Going back into lockdown presents a range of challenges for young people in Victoria. Young people are telling us that they are worried and stressed about things like study, employment, and the future and we know that this can take a heavy toll on mental health,” de Silva said.

The Impact on Education Institutions

Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shires six-week lockdown includes further measures like mandatory mask-wearing in public areas and most school pupils in years 8-10 returning to remote learning.

Year 11 and 12 students have returned to schooling in classrooms, as well as year 10 VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) students and specialist school pupils.

The looming threat of the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, brings uncertainty to how long schools will be open.

Several schools in Victoria have experienced outbreaks with the biggest being Al-Taqwa College in Truganina; 183 confirmed CCP virus cases have been linked to the west Melbourne college.

Schools were closed during the first lockdown, with Premier Daniel Andrews keeping them closed longer than most other Australian states.

De Silva says the first lockdown can be seen as a good reference point to learn how to deal with the second.

“Over the past few months, young people have learned important things about their ability to cope with unforeseen challenges in their life,” she said.

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