National helpline for grieving Australians sees 1100% increase in demand

RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly

There’s been a significant spike in demand for mental health services throughout this pandemic but more Australians than ever before are calling specifically about grief.

That’s according to the national call service, Griefline, which says it received an 1,100 per cent increase in calls last year for help from communities experiencing grief and loss due to the bushfires and COVID-19.

Victoria alone made up more than 50 per cent of the calls to the service.

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