How has COVID-19 impacted youth wellbeing and mental health? And how can we help?



The COVID-19 pandemic changed, altered and disturbed almost every aspect of our lives. While the impact of COVID-19 hit all of us in some way there has been a disproportionate impact on certain members of Australian society including young people.(1) For young people it affected their learning environment, social interactions, activities and hobbies, all things that make up an important day-in-the-life of a young person.  

“Young people in Australia aged 15 to 19 years have revealed their great issues in 2021 relate to COVID-19…”(2) 

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods found that 71% of young people reported a worsening in mental health outcomes due to COVID-19, and when compared to pre-COVID data the research confirmed a significant decline in mental health outcomes.(3) Many young people experienced heightened depression and anxiety during the pandemic and lockdowns, with restrictions on social activities and disconnection being a leading factor.  

It is so critical that we help young people overcome these challenges and traumas from the COVID-19 pandemic and support their mental health. Helping them to feel once again a sense of community and social inclusion after these long periods of isolation can be a great way to support them.  

If your school is interested in exploring how The Helmsman Project might support your wellbeing or pastoral care approach, we'd love to hear from you. Our Wellbeing program is back in schools and with a focus on teamwork, communication and the use of hands-on activities, we plan to help young people rekindle their sense of community. If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch with us.

1. Think Tank; https://mentalhealththinktank.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/AustraliasMentalHealthThinkTank-EvidenceSummary-COVID-MentalHealth.pdf

2. Mission Australia; https://docs.google.com/document/d/19oW_ngIraUi-jUDn7YEEkRZ28cbEKIxQ/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108692126899920580707&rtpof=true&sd=true 

3. ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods; https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/docs/2021/9/Child_wellbeing_-_August_2021.pdf 



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