ABC News: Early findings of MAPrc survey on Covid-19 and mental health

Preliminary results of our survey looking at the effects of Covid-19 on mental health showed a majority of participants registered mild levels of anxiety and depression and about 30 per cent of people showed moderate to high levels. So far, the survey has found limiting news consumption to under four hours a day, staying connected to family and friends — even remotely, positively reframing the situation to find positives, and not using overly negative language, can help reduce our anxiety and depression.

"It is very much a first preliminary glimpse of the general population, we are only in the first few weeks of this and seeing the impacts on mental health," Dr Gurvich said.

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