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Demand for mental health service surges – Australian Associated Press

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Two leading Australian crisis support services have been smashed with calls for help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victorians made up almost half of all calls from across the country to Beyond Blue’s support services in the past week, data reveals.

Twice as many Victorians as normal have called the mental health organisation in the same period, Beyond Blue states.

There was a 66 per cent increase in calls to Beyond Blue’s support services in April and a 60…



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Duterte reimposing lockdown in Manila area – Australian Associated Press

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus infections surge alarmingly.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely-populated provinces will revert to stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks starting on Tuesday. 

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Face masks can trigger trauma for victims – Australian Associated Press

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As face masks become increasingly de rigueur for millions of people living in Victoria and NSW, trauma experts are warning that face coverings can be triggering for some.

The Blue Knot Foundation says masks can trigger previous trauma experiences for survivors.

The foundation, which is a centre of excellence for complex trauma, has released advice for trauma survivors on ways to help cope with having to wear a mask or interact with people wearing masks.

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Young woman becomes first COVID-19 survivor to receive double-lung transplant in US – 9News

A young woman in the United States whose lungs were ravaged by COVID-19 is alive and able to talk to her family thanks to a double lung transplant.

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