Georgia Love Receives Death Threats After Posing a Question About COVID-19 & Mental Health on Twitter
Former Bachelorette and journalist, Georgia Love, took to Twitter on Tuesday to question the cost a second lockdown could have on mental health after it was announced that parts of Melbourne and its surrounding areas will go back into stage three restrictions amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
"There's got to be a point where the mental health impacts are weighed up against the health impacts of COVID-19" she tweeted, questioning the Government's response to the current situation, and contributing to conversation in the media about the impacts of COVID-19 that go beyond the loss of life and economic prosperity.
The tweet sparked controversy and backlash online, even resulting in Georgia receiving death threats. "The fact I've received unprecedented hate including death threats for bringing up the topic of mental health is — despite everything — the most disturbing part of today. We have such a huge way to go," she tweeted.
Amid the backlash, Georgia went on to clarify that her question came from a place of concern around suicide rates during such a lonely and isolating time. "That's literally my point. No one is talking about the suicide rates and I fear that could far overtake the COVID-19 death rates. I'm not pitting one off against the other here. I'm simply saying we need to look at both," she responded to one user.
She further explained that she sadly knows of people who have taken their lives since the pandemic started. "I could list the names of the people I know personally who've taken their lives since the March lockdown Tony, but I didn't deem it necessary."
Georgia's tweets are part of a wider debate happening in Australia around the current state of Victoria, and the strain on people's mental health as they enter stage three restrictions for a second time.
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