Statement on recent lockdowns across Australia

30 June 2021

With the recent lockdowns across Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has reminded people to check in with their mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time.

President of the RANZCP, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra, has urged those impacted to keep their mental health and wellbeing in mind, and that of their loved ones.

‘The most important thing to do is stay connected’, said Associate Professor Lakra.

‘We know from experience that lockdowns can significantly effect our levels of anxiety and psychological distress.

‘Try to keep as much of a normal routine as possible, continue doing things to help you relax, stay in touch with family and friends.

‘We are incredibly resiliant. Over the last 18 months we have dealt with unprecedented events and lot of uncertainty and have been able to manage things well.

‘This is something that we can get through again as individuals, as a community and as a country.

‘We know what to do, we know how to stay safe and well, and we will get through this together.

 ‘COVID vaccination is a very important part of the strategy to stay open and not have further lockdowns. We recommend that people should prioritise receiving their vaccination.

 ‘Anyone experiencing mental ill health or symptoms of increased anxiety should seek help, whether you are managing an existing condition, or the symptoms are new.

‘If you have very strong feelings of worry, unease or fear and you are struggling to cope it is important to seek the right support, information and help – effective treatments are available.’

For more information and for all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 437 315 911, or email