The latest Federal Group-commissioned EMRS survey has found an increasing concern for the mental health of Tasmanians.
The survey found that 96 per cent of participants were ‘very concerned’ about the mental health damage caused by COVID-19 in the state. This was an increase of seven per cent since the first survey was issued.
Federal Group executive general manager David Hanna said the surveys had been undertaken since May 2020.
“COVID-19 has placed extraordinary additional pressures on Tasmanians and we can all play a role in supporting our work mates, neighbours and of course friend and family as we emerge from the crisis,” he said.
However, the survey found that in terms of needing government investment, job creation and hospitals were of higher importance to respondents compared to mental health.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Minister Jeremy Rockliff said many Tasmanians were seeking mental health assistance for the first time due to COVID-19, with the state government investing $4 million into numerous programs.
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“Interestingly, less that a quarter [24 per cent] of Tasmanians have taken or booked an intrastate overnight holiday,” Mr Hanna said.
“But hopefully the new travel incentives will see this rise.”
The survey did, however find that Tasmanians intended to travel more frequently in-state post-COVID. The East Coast was the most popular spot respondents wished or planned to visit at 47 per cent.
More than half of the participants were in favour of opening Tasmania’s borders sooner than December 1 to states that had no community transmission of the coronavirus.