In this pandemic situation every single person is experiencing loneliness due to isolation and COVID-19 protocols. The loss, fear, anger, guilt all are clutching us from every side. People are finding difficulties to play the social roles.
All around the world mental health has tended to turned down during COVID-19 lockdowns. Record-high calls to helplines such as Lifeline suggest many people are currently suffering.
In a research it is found that COVID-19 had a great impact on the mental health of this time, young adults and children are worst affected. Without any hesitation it can be said that pandemic magnified the whole scenario of mental health. It is also to be mentioned that it also put forward the inconsistency in this health field. There are lots of distresses physical or mental disabilities, financial crises or unemployment and lot more.
The system is not focusing on these issues, which leads another threat to those ‘not so mainstream’ population. Women are worstly affected. The teenage girls are getting married in a huge number in these pandemic years. Many girls had to drop their studies to compensate money for their other family members. From this aspect the whole family are damaged as for many, good mental health is closely linked to being able to house and provide for family in which they are lacking.
One research showed lockdowns and restrictions disrupted the social relationships and acted as a catalyst of anxiety and depression for young people specifically. Restrictions meant they missed out on formative life experiences, such as transitioning to school or university. Young people with disabilities experienced compromised learning and social life which outcomes and loneliness. Adults noted COVID-19 restrictions and isolation measures led to loneliness, loss and disconnection.
National data showed, on average, loneliness reduced once restrictions eased. But, this wasn’t the case for everyone. Lots of people with existing mental health issues described heightened social anxiety in the months after lockdown.
Children are the most terrific victims of this situation. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on 5th October gad released UNICEF’s global flagship publication – “The State of the World’s Children 2021; On My Mind: promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health” which details on the significant impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children.
Suicide rates are rapidly increasing. Arielle H. Sheftall, Ph.D., from the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues observed the trends and precipitating circumstances of suicide by sex and age group in Black youth aged 5 to 17 years, using data from the Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System and the National Violent Death Reporting System (2003 to 2017). “We found that the annual percent increase among Black girls was twice that of Black boys, which was very surprising because this finding goes against what we usually see in the literature wherein more males die by suicide than females,” Sheftall said in a statement. “This is quite concerning and signals that something is happening among our Black girls.”
It is an alarming situation. We need to be aware and concern about our own circumstances. Our close ones may need our help. It is high time to remove taboo from mental health treatment and make it more accessible to the mass. We need to remember, just like any physical helth issues, mental illness is also need to be treated by professionals.