Healing the Hidden Wounds: The Impact of Covid on Mental Health
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, affecting various aspects of people’s lives. From social distancing to lockdowns, people worldwide had to cope with the unprecedented changes that Covid-19 has brought about. The pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health, causing distress, anxiety, and depression in some individuals. What are the hidden wounds that COVID has caused? Let’s delve deeper into the matter.
The Rise in Mental Health Issues
The pandemic’s stressors have resulted in a rise of mental health issues, pushing many individuals to their limits. The constant media coverage of the pandemic, the loss of jobs, and the heightened fear of contracting Covid-19 have left people feeling emotionally and mentally drained. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the resultant lockdowns have left many older adults feeling lonely and isolated. The report also mentions that frontline medical workers are struggling with the fear of getting infected while on duty, as well as anxiety and depression.
The Hidden Wounds of Covid-19 on Children and Young People
The pandemic has had a profound effect on children and young people. Younger kids are having a hard time adjusting to online learning, as they are used to having face-to-face interactions with their teachers and peers. Isolation and boredom are affecting their mental health, leading to increased anxiety levels and other negative emotions. For older children and adolescents, the pandemic has caused disruptions in their social lives, limiting their interactions with peers, and challenging them to be self-sufficient. The pandemic has made it more challenging to access support services, worsening mental health issues.
Ways to Address Mental Health Issues during the Pandemic
Access to mental health services is essential during this pandemic. The article by the WHO emphasizes the need for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and discuss any mental health issues with individuals in positions of trust. Support services should provide more online resources, making it easier for people to get the help they need. For children and young people, parents and guardians need to keep a close eye on their children’s symptoms and seek help from professionals when necessary.
The impact of Covid-19 on mental health is profound and requires a collective effort to address it. While countries worldwide race towards developing a vaccine and curbing the spread of the virus, mental and emotional well-being should not be neglected. As we continue to adapt to the new normal, let us prioritize mental health, and work towards healing the hidden wounds caused by this pandemic.