But Lehan, who arrived in Australia with their parents from China at age one, said growing up with mental health conditions had a unique cultural challenge that bubbled under the surface.
As lockdowns confined people to their homes, difficulties with mental health may have been a taboo topic or not even recognised in some cultural contexts.
Children’s levels of depression ‘really concerning’
“But during the pandemic, they were experiencing similar levels of depression, which was a really concerning finding.”
Mental health is like a taboo topic at home so no one discusses that.
“I think there was a sense of loneliness, a sense of isolation, and lack of community networking, community engagement,” he said.
“People come from various countries where they’ve gone through trauma or even, in refugee camps through violence and all of that. They have dealt with issues on their own and they wouldn’t even identify some of these issues as mental health problems.”