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|COVID-19 and Australia's mental health: preventing pandemic distress through economic supports||255.72 KB|
This policy paper outlines how economic insecurity, unemployment – or concern about becoming unemployed – are key drivers of mental distress for all Australians.
Young Australians are experiencing a mental health crisis during the 2021 lockdowns that is much worse than the last. Yet the economic supports available now are far more limited and harder to access than in 2020. It is clear that JobKeeper and the temporary increase in income support played a key role supporting national mental health in 2020. Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank strongly recommends the urgent introduction of:
Immediate introduction of broad-based and easy to access economic supports would: