During August, we conducted a survey to further understand the challenges facing our community and how we can enhance our delivery of COVID-19 support services.
While necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 Delta, we know that staying at home has impacted the mental, physical and financial health of many.
But it’s not all doom and gloom – many have found some unexpected benefits to staying at home, such as more time gardening, crafting or other hobbies, and more time with family members or pets.
We surveyed 95 people across Sydney – from Sutherland Shire, to Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Inner West, Kuring-gai and Hornsby Shire.
- 1 in 3 reported fair or poor mental health during stay-at-home orders in July/August 2021 compared to previous months.
- People were more likely to rate their mental health as fair or poor if they lived alone, compared to those who lived with others
- For those who have experience fair or poor mental health, anxiety and stress was the most common feeling reported. Followed by frustration and anger, isolation, and boredom.
- 2 in 5 people engage in 2.5 hours or more of exercise per week during COVID-19 lockdowns.
- Around half of all responders noted they are exercising less during stay-at-home orders than the usual amount.
- Loss of contact with friends and family is the biggest challenge experienced during COVID-19. Seniors expressed loss of connection with community as the second biggest challenge. Those living alone were more likely to cite poor emotional health as a key challenge, whereas those living with people ranked “uncertainty about the world” higher than emotional toll
- While many are enjoying more time for hobbies (e.g. gardening, writing, reading) while staying at home, around 1 in 5 see no unexpected positives to staying at home.
- 1 in 5 people wanted to see clearer messaging and advice from the Government around COVID-19 restrictions.
Check back soon for the official report and recommendations.