Demand for mental health clinicians left patients little choice: study

Australia-wide survey shows 20% of responders believed the pandemic had made it difficult to access counselling and psychological services

One in five Australians believe COVID-19 placed additional pressure on an already overburdened mental health system, with many reporting they has few options over getting the "right" care, a study reveals.

Researchers from the University of Sydney surveyed more than 1000 Australians, primarily women (70%), as part of a study on the mental health impacts of the pandemic.

Overall, 20% of participants said COVID-19 had made it more difficult to access counselling and psychological services.

“Overburdened mental health

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