As the COVID-19 continues to impact on our lives, it is important that we better understand the effects of the pandemic on mental health. Researchers are now conducting studies that look into how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on our mental health and wellbeing.
We will list these studies on this page and would encourage you, if eligible, to participate in the research.
You can find a list published research about COVID-19 and mental health here.
Alone Together Study
You are invited to complete the Alone Together study. This study is run by the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney. The researchers want to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on your mental health and wellbeing. They want to know what support people in Australia need now and how people can be better supported during similar events in the future. The researchers want to hear the voices of Australians from all cultural backgrounds. Your answers will be confidential. Complete the survey here – the Alone Together study and you can go in the running to win a gift voucher.
Impact of COVID-19 on Quality of Life for Older Adults
This research project is being led by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University. The purpose of the study is to identify how COVID-19 affects quality of life, social network levels, and technology use in older adults, before and during the imposed government restrictions as well as after they have been lifted. The survey which will take approximately 20 minutes and will ask participants about their current social networks, wellbeing, the impact of COVID-19 and what type of technologies participants have been using during this time. Complete the survey here.
COVID-19 Consumer Experience Survey
This survey is for clients from Stride, Flourish Australia, Mind Australia, Wellways, Neami National, One Door Mental Health and Open Minds. These organisations are working together to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the people they support and what people need in the future. The results from this survey will be used to shape mental health services in the future and advocate for changes to better support people. Only group results will be reported, not your individual results.
Click here for more information and to compete the survey
Survey of Domestic and Family Violence Workers, 2020
This survey is being conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre, Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of New South Wales. The survey aims to find out about responses to domestic and family violence in the context of COVID-19, including how front-line practitioners, managers and other staff have experienced the pandemic and recovery period; any responses considered innovative or effective; and long-term implications for policies and programs. If you are a worker in a service used by people affected by violence and would like to participate click here.
COVID Impact Survey - Voicing temporary migrants’ experiences in Australia during COVID
Were you on a temporary visa in Australia on 1 March 2020? Academics at UNSW and UTS are conducting a survey about the wellbeing of temporary migrants in Australia during COVID.
The survey takes 12 minutes. It is completely anonymous and your data will be safe and confidential. The researchers want to hear about your experiences with work, housing, health and safety and discrimination,
to press for better support and inclusion of temporary migrants in Australia. Complete the survey here.
Monash University Coronavirus Study
Monash University are conducting a research project to explore the psychological and social impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Specifically, researchers are exploring the effect of social isolation measures on child, youth and family wellbeing and mental health. Participants will be asked to complete online surveys every 4 weeks for a 6-month period. These online surveys will measure positive coping and adjustments, as well as the struggles that families and young people face.
Download a flyer for further information about the study here (PDF 2500KB)
Coping with COVID-19: Young people’s health and wellbeing in Australia
This project is a survey to understand how COVID-19 and the related government response impacts young people in Australia. The researchers are investigating the impact on mental health, social connection, work, study and health risk behaviours including sexual behaviour, alcohol and other drug use, physical activity and other lifestyle behaviours. To continue monitoring how COVID-19 and the government response impacts young people, there will be follow-up surveys in 3, 6 and 12 months. If you are aged 15 to 29 years and are interested in participating visit the study webpage here.
Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19
The Life during COVID-19 survey aims to understand how Australian families are coping with and adjusting to the Coronavirus pandemic. The research will focus on how families adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, how families are feeling the social impacts, how families are feeling the economic impacts and how families are supporting each other, even when they can’t be together.
For more information and to participate in the survey click here.
@Cocoon - Continuing care in COVID-19 Outbreak: A global survey of new and expectant parent experiences
The Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Queensland is coordinating a global research study to understand the challenges and concerns of parents who are pregnant or have recently given birth during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The research aims to improve future care for all families around the world. The global research study involves participants from Australia, Italy, Spain, UK, Canada, USA and many others.
For more information and to participate in the study visit www.stillbirthcre.org.au/our-research/global-research-study-maternity-care-during-covid-19
Co-SPACE Australia Study
Researchers at Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and King's College London have launched the Co-SPACE Australia Study. The study is investigating how Australian families are coping during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their children’s mental health. The research aims to better understand the needs of families at this time.
Visit the Co-SPACE Australia Study webpage for more information and to participate.
National survey to assess how Australians are coping without sport
Deakin University is conducting a survey on how Australians are coping without formal sport and how we are staying active and adjusting to the physical restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Researchers will measure levels of physical activity, screen time and general health and wellbeing, both during the pandemic and as our lives change once restrictions are eased. The survey which will involve volunteers aged 13 to 75, and is is being led by Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), with input from Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Department of Education, Sport Australia, VicSport, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Heart Foundation.
For more information and to participate in the survey click here
Research Tracker and Facilitator for Assessment of COVID-19 Experiences and Mental Health
The University of Sydney has developed a research tracker for research being undertaken on COVID-19 and mental health. The tracker aims to track and share research being undertaken on COVID-19 and mental health by Australian researchers. The research tracker can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekpMnUGs8Gx_K2rnm--5hjW2BS3SxjVqvDbpWJLS07V-gshw/viewform
Coronavirus Racism Incident Report
The Asian Australian Alliance have launched a survey to capture instances of racism in the community in the times of Coronavirus. There is a concern that some racist behaviour is not being captured due to victims not wishing to report it via a formal process.
To complete the survey click here.
Mental Health and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This research study aims to understand the views and experiences of the Australian public about coronavirus (COVID-19). The researchers are interested in your views of the coronavirus, as well as your emotions and behaviours. Participants in this study must live in Australia and be 18-years old, or older.
The study involves the completion of 3 questionnaires (15 minutes each). You will be asked to complete one now, in 2 weeks and in 4 weeks time. The researchers are interested in your views of the coronavirus, as well as your emotions and behaviours. The study is being carried out by Associate Professor Jill Newby, Black Dog Institute & UNSW, and Dr Kate Faasse, UNSW School of Psychology.
Visit the Black Dog Institute website for more information and to participate.
COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey (CPAS)
The COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey (CPAS) is a longitudinal research study at investigating how Australian families are being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The study aims to investigate the week-by-week impacts of social distancing and other measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19. This study is led by Dr Elizabeth Westrupp who is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist in the School of Psychology within the Faculty of Health at Deakin University. The researchers are seeking Australian parents of children aged 0-18 years to participate in the study. Participants will be required to complete an online survey asking questions about how you have adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic, about your family relationships, and life circumstances.
If you’d like to participate in the study please click here.
COVID-19 and you: Mental health in Australia now survey (COLLATE)
The Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University is conducting an urgent survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Australians. The researchers are looking for 50,000 people living in Australia who are over 18 years old to participate. Please click on the link below for more information and to participate in the anonymous 15-minute survey. The survey will be open for 48 hours from the 1st of every month from 9am (closing on the 3rd at 8:59am). Please share this important survey among your family, friends and other networks.
To participate in this research click here
Carers Experience of COVID-19 pandemic
Mental Health Carers NSW (MHCN) wants to hear from mental health carers, families and friends about how COVID 19 has impacted on you and your access to mental health carer services. MHCN will read all carer responses once per week. MHCN will take issues carers talk about in the form to discussions with NSW Health, the Mental Health Commission and/or members of parliament to inform them of mental health carers needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. MHCN may also publish the nature of these issues for the information of the community and other carers. MHCN will de-identify all responses before published. The form will take around 10-15 minutes to complete.
To participate in the survey please click here.