2020, the year of COVID-19. Since March we have seen the world face a global pandemic and have had to rely heavily on our mental health to keep us sane.Not only have we had to adapt to a new way of working but come to terms with being furloughed or being made redundant. And then we have our frontline workers to think about as well. With everything that has happened it is a miracle that we are all still standing.
Mental health has been on the forefront of a lot of people’s minds throughout the pandemic. People are sharing their journeys and experiences a lot more. It seems that cooking and fitness have become a big part of people’s lockdown journey too. Hands up if you have made 60 banana breads instead.
Sharing these experiences is vital to the progression of this pandemic. If the stigma attached to mental health becomes obsolete after all this, maybe men and women feel less scared to talk about what is going on in their personal lives.
It is inevitable that when we come out the other side of this pandemic, we will be faced with mass redundancies, unemployment and a variety of mental health concerns. So, what is next for our mental health? Remember that a lot of the factors surrounding our society could make a lot of the population more fragile. Things that should concern our communities in the following few months could be the increase in suicide rates surrounding depression and unemployment. This is why checking up on your friends and family members that might be more vulnerable than others is a necessity.
What concerns me that the terms ‘self-isolation’ and ‘social distance’ have become the normal in our society. Because it means that loneliness is becoming our norm and that is something that I hope doesn’t remain in our society for too long. What will this loneliness and isolation mean for the future of our communities?
Remember that it is okay to not be okay, so you need to do things in your own time. If you already have mental health concerns keep in contact with people and keep practising all the strategies that you have to keep yourself happy and healthy. Stay safe, happy and healthy Tribers.