If there’s one good thing to come out of 2020, perhaps it’s the fact we were all more open about our mental health than ever before. More specifically, we were all more secure in seeking out mental health resources — including first responders, and an initiative specific to them — to support us than we ever have been previously. Whether journalling, meditation, new hobbies, or more serious support, we did it.
And this isn’t just me saying this. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that between March and September of last year, almost 7.2 million mental health-related services were subsidised through Medicare. Calls to crisis support services have seen a significant uptick, increasing by 14.3%-21.3%.