The pandemic has exposed our broken mental health system. It’s time to fix it

An increase in suicide-related ambulance calls during the pandemic suggests a worrying trend in the mental health of Australians.

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Mental health experts are calling for a rethink of Australia’s broken mental health system, with new data showing a wave of Australians has reached crisis point during the pandemic. Experts say the high number of people in need of emergency intervention has exposed huge cracks in Australia’s mental health support system.

While the federal government has increased some support services during lockdowns, such as the number of psychology sessions available on Medicare, a recent study showed that there were still gaps in the system.

“It’s an ongoing crisis,” said Ian Hickie, co-director of health and policy at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Center, Crikey.

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