Covid 19 is having a range of mental health impacts, and there has been concern about the particular effect on young people. However there is increasing evidence that the elderly are particularly vulnerable. There are documented increases in health anxiety, panic, adjustment disorders, depression, stress and insomnia amongst older people.
Recently the NSW Government awarded more than $700,000 in funding for projects aiming to reduce social isolation for seniors during Covid 19.
Bangalow Men’s Shed, in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, is one of the organisations receiving additional funding. With a mission to improve older men’s physical and mental health the Men’s Shed has been operating for just over 5 years. After a period of closure due to Covid 19 restrictions, the Shed is operating again, with a growth in membership and additional demand for the activities on offer.
If you have any issues that arise from this story, contact your local GP or Lifeline 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78