Journal article

Mental health status of individuals with a mood-disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: Initial results from the COLLATE project

Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Denny Meyer, Erica Neill, Andrea Phillipou, Eric J Tan, Wei Lin Toh, Susan L Rossell



BACKGROUND: Physical-distancing strategies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be particularly detrimental to the mental health of individuals with a pre-existing mood disorder. Data on the mental health status of these individuals during the current pandemic is sparse, and their current mental health needs unclear. METHOD: We characterised COVID-19 related lifestyle changes, primary concerns and psychological distress in n=1292 respondents self-reporting a mood disorder (either bipolar disorder or depressive disorder) and n=3167 respondents without any reported mental disorder from the COLLATE (COvid-19 and you: mentaL heaLth in AusTralia now survEy) project; an Australian nation..

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Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the participants who took the time and effort to take part in this study, especially during these challenging and unprecedented times. SLR holds a NHMRC Senior Fellowship (GNT1154651), and EJT (GNT1142424) and TVR (GNT1088785) hold NHMRC Early Career Fellowships. WLT (GNT1161609) and AP (GNT1159953) are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) New Investigator Project Grants.