Journal article

Mental Health Consequences of Adversity in Australia: National Bushfires Associated With Increased Depressive Symptoms, While COVID-19 Pandemic Associated With Increased Symptoms of Anxiety

Hussain-Abdulah Arjmand, Elizabeth Seabrook, David Bakker, Nikki Rickard

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

High quality monitoring of mental health and well-being over an extended period is essential to understand how communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to best tailor interventions. Multiple community threats may also have cumulative impact on mental health, so examination across several contexts is important. The objective of this study is to report on changes in mental health and well-being in response to the Australian bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic. This study utilized an Experience-Sampling-Method (ESM), using the smartphone-based mood monitoring application, MoodPrism. Participants were prompted once a day to complete a brief survey inquiring about symptoms of depression a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge mental health organizations, beyondblue and headspace, for their support of the app, MoodPrism. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of beyondblue in funding the development of the app from which data was collected in this research.