There are increased calls for mental health cases to be reported in daily COVID-19 statistics as the impact of prolonged lockdowns and tough restrictions sparks fears of a ‘shadow pandemic’.

Last year 713 Victorians took their own lives – including 19 people under the age of 18.

909 people died from COVID-19 in the same period and more than 276 people had taken their lives in Victoria in the first half of 2021.

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