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Mental health in lockdown concerns top doctor

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 31/07/2020 9News Staff

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said authorities are concerned about the mental health of Victorians in lockdown.

He told Today many people were feeling frustrated after the state reintroduced restrictions in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

"A lot of people are feeling very despondent about what's happening. We're very concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of people are in isolation and lockdown," Professor Kidd said.

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a narrow city street with a building in the background: The effect of the lockdown in Victoria on mental health is concerning Australia's top health officials. © Nine The effect of the lockdown in Victoria on mental health is concerning Australia's top health officials.

He urged affected people to seek counselling from organisations such as Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

He also said people in lockdown should not neglect existing health problems.

"We're also very concerned about people staying at home, doing the right thing, but neglecting other aspects of their own healthcare," Professor Kidd said.

"So please, if you do have other health problems, make sure you're getting those attended to, Telehealth, of course, is still available with your GP and other healthcare providers."

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians.

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