Financial stress 'the kicker for poor mental health’ in pandemic

Most Australians exhibit resilience when touched by COVID-19, but disruption to work and social life heightens depression and anxiety, researchers say

Australians who faced adversity, such as financial distress or social isolation, experienced the greatest harm to their mental health during the initial months of the pandemic, a study suggests.

Financial distress concept

In one of the first nationally representative longitudinal studies of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers measured depression and anxiety symptom trajectories among 1300 adults.  

Their findings suggested pandemic-related