Whilst we are in the thick of a pandemic, more and more people are feeling anxious and depressed, grappling with feelings they’ve never had before – this could present openly or it could be hidden anxiety. It’s important to recognize any symptoms and seek help if required.

2020 sure has been a tumultuous year, bushfires, floods, COVID-19, job losses, income reduction and more, it’s important we all look out for one another and keep our mental health in check. It’s OK to not be OK and whilst we are in hard times, it is encouraging to see that more people are reaching out for help with any anxiety or depressive symptoms they’re experiencing.

Whilst the Government has put into place a National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan and has pledged $48.1 million towards enacting this plan, more and more Australians are reaching out for help from incredible services such as LifeLine and reports from those in the mental health industry suggest that there are many people struggling without even realising that is the case.

To help everyone recognise any symptoms so that if they require help they can seek it out, here are 10 signs of hidden anxiety:


Please remember if you’re feeling low, depressed or anxious, please reach out for help – we are all here in this together and you are loved more than you know.

If you or anyone you know needs help:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
Headspace on 1800 650 890
ReachOut at au.reachout.com
Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774

How are you coping through these times? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US IN THE COMMENTS.

  • I think it’s important to let people know you are approachable if they need help


  • I hate anxiety!


  • Very timely comment – and I do hope people with problems will reach out to one of the numbers you have listed. Thanks for the reminder and posting about it.


  • Mental health issues are more prevalent than we realise and it’s a disability and illness just like physical disabilities but it can be fairly invisible. We need to keep in touch with our friends and not ignore warning signs.


  • I’m finding it even harder now. I have manic depression and then my husband passed away from cancer. I didn’t have a chance to really get over the loss of this wonderful man when COVID-19 stepped in. I have to hold my emotions in otherwise I upset my son who lives at home. The only thing that keeps me going is talking to my dog Soxy. I hope everyone else is coping okay and staying safe


  • Seems like everyone passing this situation nowadays.


  • I have great support within my immediate family and friends. We are always checking in on each other. I’m mindful of the blanket media coverage and have limited my viewing to once a day to learn what new actions or restrictions are in place. I’m positive and trying to keep others uplifted too and remind others that we’re all in this together.


  • Now, more than ever, it is important to closely monitor family and friends and pay attention to their moods and needs.

    • I absolutely agree! It is a tough time for many people and being aware of friends and family and their feelings is a top priority right now.


  • I have recently been trying to help a close friend book into a physiologist for their anxiety as they have recognised they need professional help. But the problem is everyone we ring is full and not taking new patients because of Covid apparently and there is literally no one with availability, so all very well pouring money into it but i think you need to urgently train more people to fill these roles as clearly there is a high need in Australia and world wide at the moment because of Covid.


  • It’s important to recognise that everyone has some anxiety sometimes.


  • Most people wouldn’t know what they were experiencing was anxiety, so this would be quite useful for everyone.


  • Articles and video’s like this can be a good tool to create awareness of anxiety and encourage self care and care towards those around you.


  • Very important message to get out there. As someone who suffered from anxiety I like to help others as much as I van. The more we speak about it the less the stigma is attached to it


  • Well done for sharing this video! Right now it is so important to reach out to friends and family and check in with them. it is an unusual and unprecedented time and everyone manages in different ways. Being able to identify and support people with anxiety is so important. People with anxiety need ongoing understanding, care and support.


  • That was a great overview of possible symptoms to look out for,


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