The world is experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic that continues to lead to increased cases and far too many deaths, diminishing society’s mental health.
Let’s face it. Everyone is sick of this coronavirus, but they’re more upset about what it’s doing to their mental health.
There are currently over 3.6 million coronavirus cases with more than 250,000 deaths reported worldwide. Many unfortunate families all over the globe have already lost important people in their lives. From the very young, to the very old, the coronavirus isn’t discriminating on who you are or what you look like.
Because of this, those who do not have the virus and those who were diagnosed and are lucky enough to have survived the virus, are experiencing struggles with their mental health.
Here in the US, though some restrictions are lifting, many Americans are still under a stay-at-home order. If a person doesn’t have an essential job or an important reason to leave their homes, they are supposed to stay in. However, life has become quite difficult for those without essential jobs, who have no choice but to stay home and fiddle their fingers.
There’s also the issue with a lot of schools being closed—most for the whole year. Many college students had to return home and finish their education online, while others weren’t able to walk the stage during graduation. Young children also have to stay home and continue their education online, which is putting added stress on parents.
On top of that, in-person funeral services for those who have passed are not an option. Meaning, if a family wants to see their loved one for one last time, it’s usually done through video.
The thing with this virus is there isn’t a definite answer of when it’s all going to end. It’s quite understandable for some to want to bang their heads against the wall, rip out their hair, or simply sit on the couch and cry.
Though everyone’s mental psyche is different, it’s important that it doesn’t lead to dangerous coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol. Better alternatives that can tackle that mental state can include fun, yet healthy things at home, such as playing games and spending quality time with those who are also in your home.
Those who were already suffering from mental health issues prior to this pandemic may feel like they’re at their wits’ end. There are also those whose deteriorating mental health slowly started to creep up on them with constant thoughts of how long is this going to last?
Regardless of its heavy toll, some of us have already reached that breaking point, so it’s important that we try to be there for others and consider their feelings through their times of depression, sadness, or anxiety.
While people still cannot be in close proximity with one another to receive needed one-on-one help, There are useful online therapy applications that allow you to connect with licensed therapists from the privacy of your own home, so mental health treatment can be a click away.
The coronavirus will eventually diminish, while mental health problems can be long-lasting. If you or someone else is struggling during this difficult time with mental health, please do not hesitate to ask for help.