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Mental health fallout from COVID-19 'absolutely terrifying'

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Registered paramedic Paul Spinks says “the mental health fallout” from COVID-19 “absolutely terrifies” him.

“Long before COVID-19 came along we didn’t have too much in the tank or too many reserves to look after our mental health,” Mr Spinks told Sky News.

“Now you thrown in something like COVID-19 and people have lost jobs, income, we’re stuck at home and we can’t go down to the beach to get fresh air,” he said.

“Mental health fallout is a scary one and I think we’re going to see it unfold, and of course once your mental health is affected it has long term ramifications.

“So hence the reason if we can look after mental health and if we can have something in reserves we can negotiate our way through a little bit better.”

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