COVID has brought devastation and struggles upon many people across the world. It’s no surprise that people have been feeling more sadness and depression since March of last year. Without the ability to go outside, get face to face contact, and being kept in your house for an extended amount of time will wear down on lots of people, especially if you don’t have a family to keep you company. Even with a family, it’s easy to get tired of the people you’re around after a while. Not only that, some people were then forced to stay inside with their abusers. Nonetheless, we were stuck with lots of time to be on social media and read about all the devastation that was taking place in our world. With all of this in consideration, let’s take a look at some facts of mental health through the pandemic.
COVID has been detrimental to so many people, and even if the virus hasn’t been contracted, it still can affect people in other ways. Medical News Today (MNT) reports:
- 31% reported symptoms of anxiety or depression
- 13% reported having started or increased substance use
- 26% reported experiencing stress-related symptoms
- 11% reported having suicidal thoughts
These are quite astonishing numbers. Nearly 1 out of every 3 people are feeling symptoms of depression or anxiety because of the pandemic. Suicide is already the second leading cause of death for young adults, and 11% of people having suicidal thoughts is a jaw dropping number.
So what does this mean? We need to be looking out for ourselves, and the others close to us. It’s important to know that it’s okay to not feel okay. If you are feeling down, there are resources available to you. Call your doctor and find a treatment plan. This may include medicine and therapy. There are also ways to help make yourself feel better temporarily, but may not be the long term remedy people are looking for. This could be doing things that you enjoy such as riding a bike or getting some form of exercise, drawing, sports, or video games. Surely, these are not the only things and different things are going to help make others feel better than others. It’s all about finding what you like and your groove.