National Mental Health Commission CEO Christine Morgan speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how tough this COVID-19 business is for people with mental health issues, fears about exacerbation of anxiety and depression, a possible spike in suicides. 

And sure, there are good reasons to be concerned, but make no mistake -- life is always tough for people with any sort of mental health problem. 

It’s not as if they’ve been taken from some psychiatric utopia and now been hurled into the abyss. Despite all our knowledge and resources, despite being one of the wealthiest societies in the world, our services in mental health have long been underfunded and sub-standard.