Youth mental health expert Patrick McGorry said the data “suggests young women are bearing the main mental health burden of the pandemic”.
“Taken in isolation you might be inclined to downplay it, but put it together with a 50 per cent rise in emergency department presentations for suicidal behaviour and mental ill-health, along with huge demand for mental health services for young women, and I’d say it indicates a trend,” Professor McGorry said.
McGorry may be a mental health expert but he won’t be putting any cause and effect detectives out of work. This tragedy doesn’t suggest “young women are bearing the main mental health burden of the pandemic.” It suggests they have coped least well of all cohorts with the Andrews government’s relentless violence against citizens – and hope. If Liberals were presiding, there would probably be less conflation of a ‘pandemic’ with the ‘measures’ taken to mitigate it and more linkage to a ‘toxic culture.’ While a catastrophe unfolded, feminists were blaming Scott Morrison for boob-leering at Parliament House. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.