Lifeline answers record number of calls as Australia locks down

Self-isolation might be vital for our physical wellbeing right now, but Australia's frontline mental health workers say it's wreaking havoc elsewhere.

Lifeline answers record number of calls as Australia locks down

Self-isolation might be vital for our physical wellbeing right now, but Australia's frontline mental health workers say it's wreaking havoc elsewhere.

In March, Lifeline marked a record in its 57-year history receiving almost 90,000 calls, with 3197 on Good Friday alone.

That measures out to a call every 30 seconds.

Kids Helpline has had a 40 per cent increase in calls from 6500 to 9000, with one call coming every 69 seconds.

"I think young people are struggling with the notion of isolation," Kids Helpline's Tracy Adams said.

"We've got other young people that have lost their jobs."

More than half of all Australians have had to change their travel plans during the coronavirus crisis – mostly in relation to personal travel.

And statisticians say 98 percent of people claim they're keeping their distance from others, while 88 percent are avoiding public spaces.

Eighty-seven percent have cancelled plans to gather with friends and family, and the number of Australians working paid hours fell from 64 percent to 56 percent.

"No-one alive has lived in this sort of pandemic, and it's fair for people to be concerned about the present and the future," Lifeline's John Brogden said.

Readers seeking support can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyond blue on 1300 22 4636.

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