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How are you coping in the world of COVID-19?

Thursday, 13 August 2020

COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way.

New research being undertaken by IMPACT researchers aims to find out more about how the Australian public is coping with the challenges they face due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and what can help.

The fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as well as social isolation and economic hardship is likely to require a dedicated response from each one of us, and mental health authorities and governments alike. Both existing evidence from previous global crises and currently emerging evidence, suggest that the mental health toll of this pandemic will likely be monumental. It is therefore of crucial importance to gain a greater understanding of the specific challenges faced by the Australian population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategies being used to cope and how helpful they are to the general population. Doing so will help us find ways to best protect the mental well-being of the Australian public now and in the years to come.

This research project aims to understand how the Australian public copes with the impact of the ongoing situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, it intends to explore

  • the practical and emotional challenges experienced by members of the Australian public due to COVID-19,
  • the helpful and unhelpful coping strategies people are using to try to deal with these challenges, and
  • the use of recommended coping strategies and their perceived helpfulness.

The results from this study will help to inform not only individuals but also Australian mental health services about coping strategies that the Australian public are using to cope and how helpful these have been during the pandemic. This will help to better target online information, support, and psychosocial resources to assist the public to deal with the COVID crisis, and enhance their resilience in the future. Participants must live in Australia and be over 18 years old.

The survey is expected to take only take about 20 minutes. Participants will also have the option to enter a draw for one of ten Coles Myer gift vouchers, each valued at $50.

For more information or to take part in this important research click here