Stories from the frontlines in South Western Sydney drive calls for innovative mental health solutions

Community messages, Belmore, South Western Sydney. Photo by Cate Carrigan

An important Croakey post by Cate Carrigan on the myriad mental health impacts of the current lockdown, and subsequent effects on mental health services.

Kids with mild to moderate mental health conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are being smashed by anxiety and effects of remote learning. Younger kids in particular, where the non-academic value of school is in socialisation forming and sustaining friendships etc. We’ll have a whole generation of kids set back by this. Don’t even get me started in kids with severe ASD, ADHD, eating disorders, anxiety, mood disorders or schizophrenia
— a psychiatrist practising in South Western Sydney

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