On the day of July 2020, I received a phone call from my manager while working from home during Covid-19 lockdown; an urgent department meeting was scheduled in 30 minutes’ time. The manager started with, “We will announce something important and sad; please make sure you will have someone you can talk to when needed…”
My heart sunk when I heard that a young electrical engineer died from suicide on that weekend….
He was such a gentle and helpful person, and no one saw what was coming for him that weekend.
We watched his funeral online; I could not stop my tears for the whole session, especially when his aged parents stared at the hurst with his coffin slowly driving away.
Devastation caused by Covid-19
Mental health issues has become an even more serious issue one year after Covid-19 spreading around the world. We are neither immune and nor prepared adequately.
Protective measures against Covid-19 have included quarantine, working from home, social distancing and the wearing of PPE, in particular masks. Paradoxically, these wellbeing safety measures fuel mental sickness, above all, depression and anxiety.
There are numerous personal and social impacts of the mental crisis caused by this pandemic.
Personal impact and social impact
At a personal level, some experience anxiety, fear, and depression from the lockdown isolation. This can be exacerbated with loss of employment, security and stability, education disruption, loss of family connections, financial hardship, domestic violence, racial and political tensions. Many people report feeling helpless, unable to sleep, plan, or imagine a future.
At the society level, the cost of impact is huge to any country:
In Australia, an unprecedented increase in calls to Lifeline and 75% of Australian’s mental health are affected by the crippling pressures of the COVID-19 fallout, as the statistics shown in August 2020.
Currently Australia government spend $10 billion a year on 5 million Australians with mental illness. However, 25% more suicide deaths annually could wind up, as a conservative estimate, which means at least tens and hundreds millions per year will be added to support those people.
In the USA, Alcohol and drug use are rising at disturbing rate. Comparing with 2019The research states that heavy drinking is up 41% by women.
Teens are at particularly high risk
Despite the fact that teens face less to be infected by the virus, their emotional well-being is mor vulnerable than adults, making them more prone to mental health problems, including death caused by suicide.
At this development stage, when youngsters should break away from the parents love and into the company and affection with their companions of a similar age, they end up caught at home with their parents.
The negative psychological impact is far-reaching for teens when living a virtual life, doing their schooling online without the social and developmental benefits of contact with peers.
Covid-19 can only be stopped by Taking Down The CCP
After one year of this pandemic, no one knows the short term and long term risk of this virus and its variance, so no country or people are sure what our plan should be.
The uncertainty of the unknown and the inability to protect ourselves and our loved ones does raise anxiety.
We don’t know where the personal and social impacts will stop from the mental crisis, but we do know that until CCP is taken down, this pandemic will not go away.
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