As Victoria endures prolonged coronavirus lockdown, mental health workers see devastating impacts of COVID-19

Joy will always remember the moment Victoria's Premier announced the state would go into a stage 4 coronavirus lockdown.

The Lifeline phone counsellor was working at the mental health agency's South Yarra call centre when Daniel Andrews told Victorians they would be subject to the most stringent lockdown measures Australia had seen.

The phones started ringing immediately and didn't stop for the entire night.

People were anxious and confused.

They were particularly worried about their finances and their jobs.

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Shalini Arunogiri is particularly concerned about the pandemic's effects on women.(ABC News: Peter Drought)


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