Here we go again

We hoped it wouldn't come to this, but in light of the most recent wave of COVID-19 and ongoing lockdown, we have decided to reengage with you on this, the third in our Mental Health and COVID-19 Surveys. This survey will help us better understand the impact a year of on and off lockdowns has affected the mental health of Victorians, and compare how people’s responses have changed over this time.

Our previous surveys have helped us adapt our service to better support all consumers, as well as establish new services such as CHECK-IN, our peer support and connection program, as well as provide insight to other organisations and departments, such as DHHS, on the current mental wellbeing of Victorians.

Content warning: this survey asks about experiences that you may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If you are triggered by any questions in this survey, please call CHECK-IN on 1800 845 009

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* 1. Have you or do you currently live with mental or emotional distress? (Select one)

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* 2. What is your gender? (Select one)

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* 3. What is your age? (Select one)

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* 4. Do you identify as…(Select as appropriate)

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* 5. Where do you live within Victoria? (Select one)

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* 6. What best describes your current employment situation? (Select as appropriate)

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* 7. Who are you currently in isolation or lockdown with? (Select as appropriate)

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* 8. If you have used Telehealth, how do you feel about the service? (Select one)

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* 9. Is this use of services different during lockdowns

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* 10. If yes, how?

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* 11. If you liked the service, what worked for you?

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* 12. If you did not like the service, what did not work for you?

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* 13. How did you feel during during this time last year, during COVID-19? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 14. How would you describe your current mental health compared to this time last year?

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* 15. How are you currently feeling? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 16. Are you experiencing any new emotions during this most recent lockdown?

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* 17. What are they and why do you now experience them?

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* 18. Have you experienced any of the below behaviour during this latest lockdown?

  Not at all A little  A concerning amount
Suicidal thoughts
Suicidal attempts
Self-harm
Use of alcohol
Use of drugs
Withdrawal
Violent behaviour towards yourself from others
Violent behaviour from you towards others
Anger
None of the above

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* 19. Have you found any positives during this latest lockdown?

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* 20. If yes, what are these?

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* 21. What effect of the latest wave of COVID-19 has had the biggest impact on your mental health? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 22. Where are you currently getting mental health support? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 23. What has been helpful during this latest wave of COVID-19? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 24. In what way has VMIAC been helpful during COVID-19? (Select a maximum of 3)

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* 25. What further support would help from VMIAC? (Select a maximum of 3)

During the last year we implemented a number of new online and hybrid events, such as our Royal Commission Workshops, What If? Webinars, and our Just Saying Hybrid online and in person launch.

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* 26. Did you attend any of these events at VMIAC, or other online events to do with mental health and wellbeing?

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* 27. If yes, how did you find the experience of attending these online events?

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* 28. Do you think VMIAC should continue to run events like this in the future, even after COVID-19?

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* 29. Explain your answer

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* 30. In response to our first COVID-19 survey, we established CHECK-IN, a peer connection and support program, how likely are you to access this service?

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* 31. Explain your answer

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* 32. Is there anything about your experiences of mental health and wellbeing in relation to COVID-19, lockdowns, issolation, etc that you wish to share.

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