The Mental Health Commission of NSW in their July 2021 executive summary detailed many facets of what they learned from Covid-19. They found that while the elderly were most vulnerable to the physical effects of COVID-19, it was 18-39 years old’s who were most vulnerable to negative impacts on their lives overall, and their mental health in particular.
During 2020, younger adults (18-29 year old) were more likely than older people to report a negative impact of COVID-19 on a range of measures considered in the study, including: a/ Their mental health and overall health b/ Specific financial and practical impacts, like losing a job or running out of money and c/ Their relationships and feeling connected with others.
Most NSW residents were less connected with each other during 2020, particularly with their friends, elderly relatives and the local community. However, those aged 18-49 years old felt the greatest decline in connections, reporting more areas where they felt less connected compared to the other age groups.
Last year, the Commission also documented the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) is seeing a lift in enquiry levels for their comprehensive range of units of study and courses to assist professionals who are seeing the need to build on their mental health capabilities to match the growing demand for their professional services.
HETI delivers education and training to support more than 110,000 clinical and non-clinical staff achieve excellence in health care within NSW. This is one of HETI Higher Education’s key functions as an Institute of Higher Education.
Courses are designed to draw on a recovery-oriented approach to mental health care. In practice, this means HETI Higher Education supports genuine collaboration with individuals on their recovery journey by seeking to maximise hope, strength, resilience, and self-determination. The units are oriented to supporting skill development in the workplace for those with clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.
Learn more about the HETI Higher Education mental health and professional development courses here: https://heti.edu.au/our-courses
About Health Education and Training Institute (HETI Higher Education)
The Health Education and Training Institute delivers education and training to support more than 110,000 clinical and non-clinical staff achieve excellence in health care within NSW. They are uniquely placed to draw on the expertise within Australia’s largest healthcare system, as it delivers quality mental health postgraduate education to NSW Health staff, and students located across Australia and overseas.
They are proud to deliver two progressive, recovery-oriented postgraduate courses in Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine. Their curriculum draws on the current evidence base, offer contemporary education delivery and flexibility in learning that suits learners of today. They welcome a wide range of professionals and other learners to join their interdisciplinary learning community and follow their passion for mental health care.
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