Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Among the many other things it is, the coronavirus is a perfect storm of anxiety creation. On top of fears about how far the crisis will go, there is isolation, threats to employment, loss of personal connections and physical contact.

"We are seeing an increasing number of calls, web chats and emails about COVID-19," Beyond Blue chief executive Georgie Harman told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

"There's been a four-fold increase in contacts directly related to the virus since early March ... it's a grave concern because it's reflective of the significant and quite valid anxiety that the community is feeling right now."