As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it comes as no surprise that some people have found themselves struggling mentally through a lack of physical contact and company from friends and loved ones. Although people who are having difficulties with their mental health may feel alone in the emotions and thoughts which they are experiencing, studies show that during the Coronavirus pandemic “More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) report feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life” (as written by the health foundation).
The effects of the pandemic has hit some individuals harder than others, with those who already live alone, people who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus due to existing health conditions and those who live in rented accommodation feeling the impact the most. However, this doesn’t mean that in this difficult time the majority of people don’t experience feelings of loneliness, intrusive thoughts and anxiety from time to time over concerns of what is going to happen next and whether the situation will improve. Therefore it is important that everyone feels as though they have somebody to talk to about what they are experiencing and a support network of people to help try to improve their mental state. By seeking out other people who are also struggling, it enables those individuals to support one another and make new friendships in order to help battle mental health problems.
For those who already struggle with anxiety and depression, COVID-19 has really taken its toll psychologically and makes these individuals feel isolated and at risk of losing their jobs. Fortunately, there are a range of mental health charities available through the NHS to help assist with mental health problems if those who need support reach out. These range from: Mind (Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems) to Refuge (Advice on dealing with domestic violence).https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/ The demographic of people who struggle mentally, ranges from young adults to middle aged men. This statistic from the mental health foundation may come as a shock, as in England, “Around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem. However, men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health problems to loved ones.” Demonstrating that you never know truly what people are going through and whether they need a chat or a even just a smile to help them get through their day.
I think the important message here is to be kind, be thoughtful and non judgmental, especially during such a bizarre and difficult time for so many. There are so many people effected by mental health problems, therefore it is vital that the support and understanding is there for those who need it, with the hope that COVID-19 becomes manageable in the meantime as people continue to follow precautions and safety measures.