The Australian National COVID-19 Mental Health, Behaviour and Risk Communication Survey

This study aims to improve understanding of the mental health and behavioural impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian community. The study also investigates how risk communication (e.g. in the media, or by politicians) impacts on people's emotions and decision-making. The study is a longitudinal study, comprising an initial 20-30 minute survey, with six 15-20 minute follow-up surveys at two-week intervals. Overall, our aim is to discover what puts our community at risk during pandemics, what protects them, and what can be done to foster community mental health—including by improving communication by Governments and other organisations.

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Dawel, A., Shou, Y., Smithson, M., Cherbuin, N., Banfield, M., Calear, A., Farrer, L., Gray, D., Gulliver, A., Housen, T., McCallum, S., Morse, A., Murray, K., Newman, E., Rodney Harris, R., & Batterham, P., 2020. The effect of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing in a representative sample of Australian adults. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, p.1026.

Batterham, P.J., Calear, A.L., McCallum, S.M., Morse, A.R., Banfield, M., Farrer, L.M., Gulliver, A., Cherbuin, N., Rodney Harris, R.M., Shou, Y. and Dawel, A., 2021. Trajectories of depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID‐19 pandemic in a representative Australian adult cohort. Medical Journal of Australia, 214(10), pp.462-468. 

Batterham, P. J., Calear, A. L., Shou, Y., Farrer, L. M., Gulliver, A., McCallum, S. M., & Dawel, A. (2022). Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicidal ideation in a representative Australian population sample: longitudinal cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 300, 385-391.

Calear, A. L., McCallum, S., Morse, A. R., Banfield, M., Gulliver, A., Cherbuin, N., Farrer, L., Murray, K., Rodney Harris, R. M., & Batterham, P. J. (2022). Psychosocial impacts of home-schooling on parents and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Public Health, 22, 119.

Gulliver, A., Banfield, M., Batterham, P.J., Calear, A.L., Farrer, L.M., Dawel, A., McCallum, S., Murray, K. and Morse, A.R., 2021. Effects of previous exposure to psychotherapeutic strategies on depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. BJPsych open, 7(1).

McCallum, S.M., Calear, A.L., Cherbuin, N., Farrer, L.M., Gulliver, A., Shou, Y., Dawel, A. and Batterham, P.J., 2021. Associations of loneliness, belongingness and health behaviors with psychological distress and wellbeing during COVID-19. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 6, p.100214.

Morse, A. R., Banfield, M., Batterham, P. J., Gulliver, A., McCallum, S., Cherbuin, N., Farrer, L.M., & Calear, A. L. (2022). What could we do differently next time? Australian parents’ experiences of the short-term and long-term impacts of home schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Public Health, 22, 80.