Western Sydney ‘more susceptible’ to mental health impacts from lockdown

Mental Health advocate Pete Shmigel says the Western Sydney populace are “more susceptible” to mental health impacts from the continued Greater Sydney lockdown, due to “migrant backgrounds, PTS from wars and the like”.

“In Western Sydney, we know that ER presentations amongst the young are at critical levels, we’re talking 50 per cent up,” Mr Shmigel said.

“I ask myself, where are the mental health experts in the room where these decisions are being made – not just the economists or epidemiologists.

“Every good decision in government always has many fathers … in the case of the COVID lockdowns it seems there’s only ever one source of advice, and that’s health experts.

“Somehow the health experts are missing these extraordinary impacts and costs on an emotional, and mental and psychological basis in places like Western Sydney."