Mental Health vs. COVID

Jenny Le, journalist

People of all ages around the world have been struggling with their mental health ever since the COVID virus has struck society.  Businesses have been closing down and jobs are getting taken away. These things can add onto the fact that communities have been struggling to care for themselves as they are constantly worrying about what else is going to happen next to their community. “In a KFF Tracking Poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. This is significantly higher than the 32% reported in March, the first time this question was included in KFF polling. Many adults are also reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and wellbeing, such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.”  The mental health of adults have been worsening ever since the United states went into lockdown.  Adults have been struggling with living their daily lives and are increasing living unhealthy lifestyles. If adults are having problems with eating and sleeping from the stress they receive from COVID-19, imagine how difficult it must be for the children that attend school online and are in quarantine to protect themselves without any face to face interaction. (source – kff.org) Moreover, according to the world health organization, they state, “COVID-19 itself can lead to neurological and mental complications, such as delirium, agitation, and stroke. People with pre-existing mental, neurological or substance use disorders are also more vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection they may stand a higher risk of severe outcomes and even death.” Therefore, it is important to care for your mental health since if a child or an adult with a mental disorder of any sort is to catch COVID or an infection, it could lead to a more serious illness. (source – world health organization)
The world health organization also states that, “The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.” Hence, as the demand for mental health is increasing, health care workers will have extra stress due to the fact that the amount of patients are increasing, and the demand for mental health services will continue to increase including health care workers that are being depended on. Plus funding is needed for most programs that help with mental disorders, and without enough funds, communities cannot access mental health care and guidance. (source – world health organization)