In just a few short months, the world has rapidly changed in response to COVID-19.
Millions are feeling the effects around the globe, as social distancing measures and changes to employment continue to disrupt normal routines.
Then there’s the stress associated with the well-being of you and your family, all while you attempt to maintain a household. It’s challenging and people are feeling the effects.
Although you may be coping with these changes, not everyone is, and those impacted most might be those closest to you.
A new study conducted by Qualtrics has provided new insight in regard to the current global mental health crisis. After studying 2,700 people across the United States, UK, Germany, Singapore, France, Australia, and New Zealand, representing a wide range of industries in terms of employment, it was found that since the outbreak:
Although health experts are concerned about individuals who were living with mental health disorders prior to the outbreak, as well as those living in lower-income households, the effects are being felt across the global population.
This is causing a decline in mental health among those who were otherwise psychologically healthy prior to COVID-19.
Unfortunately, loved ones who live in separate households are no longer seeing each other on a regular basis. That is why it’s imperative to stay in touch so that you can recognize potential warning signs, including:
Since many households are practicing social isolation, it can be challenging to support a loved one in terms of your physical presence.
The most important thing you can do is learn about the symptoms of anxiety and depression so that you can intervene if needed. If you think your loved one’s mental health has been negatively affected by COVID-19, now is the time to educate yourself.
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Next, open up communication and let your loved one know that you’re there for them during this tough time. Simply say you’ve noticed changes and you’re concerned. Ask them if they’d like to speak to you about it and if not, encourage them to seek help from a professional.
If there are willing to open up to you about what they’re feeling, suggest ways in which their stressors can be addressed. For example, are they concerned about their finances? If so, you could help them find resources or programs currently offered for those in need.
Make it clear that depression and anxiety are medical conditions that are in no way a personal flaw or weakness.
Overall, the best things you can personally do are to:
You can also learn more about common mental and substance use disorders here:
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.
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