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Coronavirus-related mental illness won't peak until mid next year, mental health expert warns

As a father of 2 the fact that mental health expert Professor Ian Hickie has warned that without urgent interventions, more young people will die from pandemic-related mental ill-health than coronavirus scares me to my very core!

This 'shadow pandemic' as he is coining it needs urgent attention!

Professor Ian Hickie goes on to say:

"We need investment, it needs to happen at scale and it needs to happen with real urgency, just like we saw for the physical effects of the virus when everyone was very quick to act. We cannot afford to wait another year ... and then start after we start to see all the adverse consequences."

If you or anyone you know needs help:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14

  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

  • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

  • SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263

  • Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636

  • ReachOut at

  • Headspace on 1800 650 890

  • QLife on 1800 184 527

  • Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774

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