In March 2020 VMIAC conducted a survey to identify the impact of COVID-19 on their members and others experiencing mental distress. The results of that survey identified a number of concerns, one of which was a significant increase in mental distress including rates of suicidal ideation. VMIAC raised these issues with other services and the Department of Health and Human Services, which advised them that their initial study was a major contributor to understanding the pandemic’s effect on mental and emotional distress across Victoria.
After the second wave of COVID-19 hit and Stage 4 restrictions were implemented, VMIAC knew this would have an impact on people living with mental or emotional distress. Therefore, to better understand how they were being affected, how it differs from the first wave and what services are needed to sufficiently support them, they designed Survey #2.
In total, VMIAC received 226 responses from different genders, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and regions across the state of Victoria.
To read the full report and findings, check out VMIAC's website.