High levels of suicidal ideation and depression symptoms observed during lockdown

In September 2020, during Melbourne’s long lockdown, a survey conducted by THE COPE INITIATIVE found that one in three survey respondents screened positive for anxiety or depression symptoms and one in 10 reported they had recently seriously considered taking their own lives.

The study involved Monash University, Austin Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the United States, and was led by Professor Shantha Rajaratnam and PhD candidate Mr Mark Czeisler, from the Monash University Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and School of Psychological Sciences.

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