While there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel for Australia’s COVID woes, with news breaking late last week that over 50% of people aged 16 and over are now double vaccinated (and New South Wales, crucially, over 60%) – things are still pretty grim, with much of the country still under strict lockdown restrictions.
While we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for close to two years now, 2021 has arguably been even harder than 2020. Every subsequent lockdown has done more and more damage to our collective mental health, with stats from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare becoming increasingly sobering.
But in the same way that the reality of the virus can be hard to wrap your head around, it’s also hard to conceptualise just how bad our collective mental health has really declined. No wonder, then, that this candid post on Reddit has really struck a nerve, and is starting to trend online.
Simply titled “My mental health isn’t well” and shared on /r/monash, the subreddit for Melbourne’s prestigious Monash University, it’s quickly risen up the karma ranks to become one of the community’s top posts of the year, and really hits the nail on the head on how many of us are feeling right now.
“This year has taken a toll on me. I feel numb to everything and lockdowns have made me feel so isolated… At first, I chalked it up to being unmotivated and tried to force myself to study. But I can’t concentrate and I can’t get up some…
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